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ISIHAC Series 62 began today (17th November) - BBC iPlayer link for episode 1
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British ComedyThe new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" began today.  Series 62, Episode 1 is available on the BBC iPlayer at
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04p7yg7

This episode will be rebroadcast on BBC Radio 4 next Sunday at noon, and again on BBC Radio 4 Extra next Monday several times during the day.

Posted by lisa at 17/11/2014 22:20 GMT
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Graeme in "Frequency of Laughter" and other iPlayer links
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British ComedyGraeme Garden appears in the first episode of BBC Radio's "Frequency of Laughter", which is available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04n20tw

Also still currently available on the BBC iPlayer is Graeme's appearance in "A Good Read", at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04jrj7w

Also of note, repeats of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" continue to air on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Wednesdays, with the currently available episodes on the iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009zbr2/episodes/player

BBC Radio 4 Extra also is repeating episodes of "The Unbelievable Truth", a show devised by Graeme (and on which he sometimes appears) on Wednesdays. The latest episode currently is available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s6rx2

Posted by lisa at 13/11/2014 19:13 GMT
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Graeme Garden to appear in new BBC Radio 4 series, November 1st.
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British Comedy Graeme will be interviewed alongside John Lloyd on a new BBC Radio 4 programme 'The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy' this Saturday November 1st.

From http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04n20tw :

"The Frequency of Laughter is a six-part history of radio comedy, covering 1975-2005, presented by journalist and radio fan Grace Dent. In each episode she brings together two figures who were making significant radio comedy at the same time, and asks them about their experiences.

"This first edition features Graeme Garden and John Lloyd looking at radio comedy in the late 1970s. Graeme by this stage was an established figure, with his breakthrough show I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again morphing into I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, in addition to his work presenting Week Ending and as a panellist on shows such as A Rhyme In Time.

"The Frequency of Laughter is presented by Grace Dent, a journalist for The Independent, and is a BBC Radio Comedy production."

Posted by jeffers at 30/10/2014 02:32 GMT
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two recovered episodes of "At Last the 1948 Show" at BFI London Dec 7th
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British ComedyTwo episodes of "At Last the 1948 Show" will be screened as part of  BFI's "Missing Believed Wiped" evening in London on Sunday, December 7.  John Cleese will be on hand to present the two programmes, in which he starred (and co-wrote) along with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman, and "The Lovely Aimi Macdonald".

Here's the full story, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/comedy/comedy-news/11180852/Found-two-long-lost-comedies-featuring-Monty-Pythons.html


Found: two long-lost comedies featuring Monty Pythons
'Long-lost' comedy episodes showing the beginning of Monty Python's most famous catchphrases discovered in David Frost's collection

Two “missing” episodes of classic British comedy, showing the foundations of Monty Python’s most famous works and thought to have been lost forever, have been discovered in the personal collection of Sir David Frost.

The scenes, which were believed to have been permanently wiped from the records, feature John Cleese, Graham Chapman and are thought to show the birthplace of one of Monty Pythons most famous catchphrases.

Described as a “crucial” find, the episodes also show the beginnings of a new generation of British comedy, and were used as a training ground for Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman, and Aimi Macdonald.

Filmed in 1967, the episodes of At Last the 1948 Show stars "the lovely" Macdonald as a presenter between sketches, who utters the words, “And now for something completely different...”.

The continuity announcement cliché went on to become a recurring motif for Monty Python

The two episodes, the first and last ever broadcast of the ITV show, have been rediscovered by experts at the BFI, who were invited to view the collection of the late Sir David.

He had been executive producer of At Last the 1948 Show, and had kept two reels of 16mm filmed directly from a television screen.

The shows have now been loaned to the BFI by the Frost family, and will be broadcast for the first time in decades in December, during a special evening presented by John Cleese.

Neither episode, the opening show of the first series and the final show of the second series, have been seen since their original broadcast in 1967.

Originally, only two episodes of the series were thought to have survived, but a comprehensive search of personal collections has now uncovered nine of the 13 programmes. All are now stored safely at the BFI National Collection of Film and Television.

Dick Fiddy, BFI television consultant who was invited to view the material by the Frost family, said, “This latest recovery is a crucial find. It represents a key moment in the history of British television comedy featuring the combined talents of some of its greatest exponents.

“These gifted comedians, all in their 20s and 30s, were let off the leash and allowed to experiment with style and content, resulting in shows which have had an enduring influence on comedy worldwide.

“Even very recently the famous ‘Four Yorkshiremen’ sketch - which originated on At Last the 1948 Show - was used as the opener for the Python’s stage shows at the 02 and had been performed previously by the team in galas such as the Secret Policeman’s Ball.

“Cleese, Feldman, Brooke-Taylor and Chapman, created, scripted and starred in the 1948 Show and the fact that the show remains very, very funny 47 years later is a tribute to their extraordinary abilities.”

The BFI added it is a “major find for fans of the extraordinary early flowering of surreal, British television comedy which led to the creation of the Monty Python programmes two years later”.

John Cleese will present the two programmes at BFI Southbank, London SE1 on Sunday, December 7, as part of the BFI’s annual celebration of newly recovered television programmes, Missing Believed Wiped.

Posted by lisa at 23/10/2014 20:47 GMT
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BBC iPlayer link for ISIHAC Series 61 Episode 4
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British ComedyThis week's new episode of BBC Radio 4's "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Jack Dee, and Harry Hill) is available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b049y9pq

Please note that most BBC Radio shows, including ISIHAC, are available to listen online outside the UK. There may be issues using some devices; please consult the BBC Radio Help pages (such as http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/help/playing_radio_progs/) for more information.

Posted by lisa at 23/07/2014 15:47 GMT
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ISIHAC Series 61 Episode 3
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British ComedyToday's new episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" is available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04969b3

Posted by lisa at 14/07/2014 21:01 GMT
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ISIHAC Series 61 Episodes 1 & 2 on BBC iPlayer
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British ComedyThe new series of Tim & Graeme's radio show "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" started last Monday. Here's a link to the first episode, which is still available on the BBC iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047ws80

...and here is the link for this week's episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (Series 61 episode 2): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048jmyh

Posted by lisa at 11/07/2014 21:13 GMT
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"The One Show" with ISIHAC cast / Bill on BBC Radio 3's "Essential Classics"
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British ComedyBill Oddie is this week's guest on BBC Radio 3's "Essential Classics". I found one webpage that has links for all 5 episodes (though Thurs & Fri won't be available until after their broadcasts). Please note that each episode is available for a week after broadcast. Here's the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/galleries/p01s8j6n

For viewers in the UK, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden,
Barry Cryer, and Jeremy Hardy's appearance on BBC One's "The One Show"
earlier today (to promote the "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" stage tour) is now
available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vkp57

Posted by lisa at 19/02/2014 21:51 GMT
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Bill on BBC Radio 3's Essential Classics this week (plus other shows)
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British Comedy* Bill Oddie is scheduled to be a guest on BBC Radio 3's "Essential Classics" all this week; the show airs daily from 9am to noon.  The first two shows (from yesterday and earlier today) are available now on the BBC iPlayer at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03vd5mj/Essential_Classics_Monday_Rob_Cowan_with_Bil_Oddie/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03vd6n1/Essential_Classics_Tuesday_Rob_Cowan_with_Bill_Oddie/

Here's an edited listing for the series of shows: "A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week...To mark the 125th anniversary of the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), Rob's guest is the wildlife presenter, writer, musician and conservationist, Bill Oddie. Bill became famous as one of The Goodies, having previously written scripts for TV's That Was The Week That Was while a student at Cambridge. He was also a key member of the BBC radio series I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again, where many of his musical compositions were featured. Since the 1990s, he has become better known as a presenter of BBC wildlife programmes."

* According to the ISIHAC newsletter, "Tim, Graeme, Barry and Jeremy will be on ‘The One Show’ tomorrow (7.00pm, BBC1), talking to Gabby Logan and Matt Baker about the show and possibly playing the odd ISIHAC round.".  After broadcast the show will be available to UK viewers on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03vkp57/The_One_Show_19_02_2014/

* Bill is scheduled to appear on the BBC Radio 4 show "Tweet of the Day" on Monday, 3rd March; this two-minute show airs from 5:58  to 6:00am and is a " Series of stories about British birds, inspired by their calls and songs. Bill Oddie presents the St Kilda wren."


* Bill's appearance on "Would I Lie to You?" is being repeated on Dave on Monday, 3rd May at 21:00, with another repeat on Tuesday, 4th March at 2:05am.

Posted by lisa at 18/02/2014 16:50 GMT
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Graeme in yesterday's episode of "The Unbelievable Truth"
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British ComedyGraeme was one of the panelists in yesterday's episode of BBC Radio 4's "The Unbelievable Truth" (series 12 episode 3).  The episode is available on the iPlayer at the link below; it will be repeated on Radio 4 this Sunday at noon and then on BBC Radio 4 Extra next Monday at 7:30am & 10pm.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03phd4m


Last week's episode of "The Unbelievable Truth" (with panelists Marcus Brigstocke, Holly Walsh, John Finnemore and Rufus Hound) is still available on the iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03nt7cn

Posted by lisa at 14/01/2014 19:07 GMT
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reminder: ISIHAC Stage Tour starts 18 January
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British ComedyFor those in England, just a reminder that the latest "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" stage tour starts 18 January.  For the complete list of dates, venues, and info on how to purchase tickets vist the official ISIHAC website http://www.isihac.net/tour_dates.php?r=-68.

Posted by lisa at 13/01/2014 20:11 GMT
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Slapstick 2014 is in two weeks
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British ComedyFor those interested in attending Slapstick 2014, FYI that they're about to start a big "the festival is only two weeks away" sales drive.  So please don't delay in you want to purchase tickets to any of the events, especially "Lost Keaton Goodies" (with Tim, Graeme, and Bill), which is likely to sell out.

The full programme, including details of all the shows at Watershed, Arnolfini and Bristol Old Vic, can be found at the festival website: Slapstick.org.uk.  Details about the festival pass can be found on Colston Hall's website (or by ringing them on 0844 887 1500).

This thread in our forums has more info about the Goodies-related events at the festival.

Posted by lisa at 13/01/2014 20:01 GMT
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Slapstick 2014 weekend passes now on sale
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British ComedyFor anyone who has been waiting to buy the weekend passes for Slapstick 2014 (which include admission to all the festival events, including the ones in which Tim, Graeme, and Bill are participating), they finally have gone on sale from the Colston Hall box office.  Here are details from an email sent by the festival this morning:

"Good news, everyone! Weekend passes for the next Slapstick Festival are now on sale at Colston Hall's box office.

As you probably know, Festival Passes grant access to all of the events taking place in during the weekend of January 24th to 26th -except Saturday’s Cinekids show for youngsters- and offer generous savings to those who want to catch everything.

For details about the passes (and to order one) go to http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/silent-comedy-gala/ , scroll down halfway and look on the right hand side. The passes are priced at £145.13p including all booking fees. Premium seats have been reserved for pass holders for all events so although many gala tickets have already been sold you'll be guaranteed a great seat if you buy a pass anytime in the run up to the festival.

If you already have tickets for Friday nights ever-brilliant Gala (hosted this year by Omid Djalili and featuring a 39-piece orchestra playing Chaplin’s own score live to Charlie’s best-loved ‘Little Tramp’ film, CITY LIGHTS (1931) (see still above)) there is an option to order a lower price Festival pass which excludes the gala. However this needs to be done either over the phone or in person at Colston Hall.

As well as booking online purchase options for the pass include calling Colston Hall's Box Office on 0844 887 1500, or visiting the venue at 1 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR.

The full programme for Slapstick Festival 2014 can be read at our website: slapstick.org.uk ."


Posted by lisa at 18/12/2013 20:41 GMT
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BBC iPlayer link for Graeme on "Pointless Celebrities"
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British ComedyFor viewers in the UK, here's the BBC iPlayer link for Graeme's appearance on "Pointless Celebrities", which aired on BBC One last evening:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03l2qp5/Pointless_Celebrities_Series_5_Episode_9/

Posted by lisa at 15/12/2013 16:23 GMT
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Graeme on "Pointless" on BBC One December 14, 2013
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British ComedyFor viewers in the UK, Graeme Garden will be appearing in the show "Pointless" on BBC One on Saturday, 14th December at 17:50. 

Here's an episode summary: "Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman present a special celebrity academic edition of the general knowledge quiz in which four teams try to come up with the answers that no-one else could think of. Featuring Clemency Burton-Hill and Graeme Garden, Dan Snow and Susie Dent, Robert Peston and Steph McGovern, and Michael Mosley and Germaine Greer."

Posted by lisa at 09/12/2013 23:42 GMT
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ISIHAC Series 60 Episode 5 (9 December) listen again link
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British ComedyI'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Series 60 Episode 5 (first broadcast on 9 December 2013) is currently available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03kpy5w/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_60_Episode_5/

Posted by lisa at 09/12/2013 23:28 GMT
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2014 ISIHAC Stage Tour
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British ComedyThe "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" team will be doing another tour this year - this is the "best of" version of the show (as opposed to recordings for the BBC Radio show).  A list of tour dates can be found on the official ISIHAC website at http://www.isihac.net/tour_dates.php?r=-32

Here's a cut & paste from that page:

Forthcoming ISIHAC Tour Dates

2014

* 18th January:  Brighton Dome
Show starts 2.30pm (finishes around 5pm) and 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm). Tickets are currently on sale, priced between £23.00 and £26.00. Tickets are obtainable via the Box Office, telephone: 01273 709709, or online via the theatre’s website at www.brightondome.org 

* 19th January:  Reading Hexagon
Show starts 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm). Tickets are currently on sale, priced at £25.00. Tickets are obtainable via the Box Office, telephone: 0118 960 6060, or online via the theatre’s website at www.readingarts.com/thehexagon

*20th January: Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Show starts 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm). Tickets are currently on sale, priced between £23.50 and £27.50. Tickets are obtainable via the Box Office, telephone: 029 2063 6464, or online via the theatre’s website at www.wmc.org.uk  

*30th January:  Kings Theatre, Glasgow
Show starts 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm). Tickets are currently on sale, priced between £21.50 and £26.50. Tickets are obtainable via the Box Office, telephone: 0844 871 7648, or online via the theatre’s website at www.atgtickets.com

* 11th February:  Congress Theatre, Eastbourne 
Show starts 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm). Tickets are currently on sale, priced between £23.50 and £25.50. Tickets are obtainable via the Box office, telephone: 01323 412000, or online via the theatre’s website at www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk 

* 13th February:  Fairfield Halls, Croydon
Show starts 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm). Tickets are currently on sale, priced between £23.50 and £27.50. Tickets are obtainable via the Box Office, telephone: 020 8688 9291, or online via the theatre’s website at  www.fairfield.co.uk 

* 25th February:  Newcastle City Hall
Show starts 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm). Tickets are currently on sale, priced between £20.00 and £25.00. Tickets are obtainable via the Box office, telephone: 0191 277 8030, or online via the theatre’s website at www.newcastlecityhall.org

* 31st March:  Sheffield City Hall
Show starts 7.30pm (finishes around 10pm). Tickets are currently on sale, priced between £20.00 and £25.50. Tickets are obtainable via the Box office, telephone: 0114 278 9789, or online via the theatre’s website at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk 

* 1st April: Palace Theatre, Manchester
Show starts 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm). Tickets are currently on sale, priced between £21.50 and £26.50. Tickets are obtainable via the Box Office, telephone: 0844 871 3019, or online via the theatre’s website at www.atgtickets.com

* 17th May:  Colston Hall, Bristol
Shows start 2.30pm and 7.30pm (finish at around 5pm and 10pm). Tickets are currently on sale, priced at £25.00. Tickets are obtainable via the Box Office, telephone: 0844 887 1500, or online via the theatre’s website at www.colstonhall.org 

* 19th May:  New Wimbledon Theatre
Show starts 2.30pm (finishes around 5pm) and 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm). Tickets are currently on sale, priced between £21.50 and £26.50. Tickets are obtainable via the Box office, telephone: 0844 871 7646, or online via the theatre’s website at www.atgtickets.com

* 2nd June:  Leeds Grand Theare
Show starts 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm). Tickets are currently on sale, priced between £23.50 and £27.50. Tickets are obtainable via the Box office, telephone: 0844 848 2700, or online via the theatre’s website at www.leedsgrandtheatre.com

Posted by lisa at 07/12/2013 00:33 GMT
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links for purchasing tickets for Slapstick 2014 events
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British ComedyHere is a link for the Slapstick 2014 events at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, including the Buster Keaton event with Tim, Graeme, and Bill: http://www.bristololdvic.org.uk/slapstick2014.html

The festival organizers expect the Keaton event to sell out, so if you're interested in attending don't wait too long to book your tickets!

There will be a festival pass (which includes tickets to all of the festival events).  This is expected to go on sale in mid-December from Colston Hall (http://www.colstonhall.org).  I do not know what the price will be for the pass.

In the meantime, those interested in purchasing tickets for individual events can visit the venue websites:

Bristol Old Vic: http://www.bristololdvic.org.uk/slapstick2014.html

Colston Hall (the gala is currently on sale): http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/silent-comedy-gala/

The Watershed: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/season/260/slapstick-2014/

The Arnolfini: http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/screenings

Posted by lisa at 06/12/2013 23:58 GMT
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ISIHAC Series 60 Episode 4 iPlayer link
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British ComedyThe 2nd December episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (series 60 episode 4) is available on the BBC iPlayer at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03jz22p/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_60_Episode_4/

Posted by lisa at 03/12/2013 04:55 GMT
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ISIHAC Series 60 Episode 2 iPlayer link
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British ComedyHere's the link for ISIHAC Series 60 Episode 2, which aired earlier today.  "Regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Barry Cryer are joined by John Finnemore, with Jack Dee in the chair."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03hvn68/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_60_Episode_2/


The first episode of the series, from last Monday, is still available on the iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03gvsln/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_60_Episode_1/

Posted by lisa at 18/11/2013 23:20 GMT
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Graeme Garden guests on 'The Infinite Monkey Cage'
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British Comedy Graeme will make a guest appearance on BBC Radio 4's science series THE INFINITE MONKEY CAGE - featuring Professor Brian Cox and co-host Robin Ince - in the first episode of series 9, titled 'Risk'. The show airs on Monday 18 November.

"Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince bring their witty and irreverent take on the world to a programme all about the science of risk. Together with Guests David Spiegelhalter, Sue Ion and former Goodie, Graeme Garden, the team explores such questions as: why is seven the safest age to be? Should badgers wear bicycle helmets? How safe is nuclear power and how worried should we be by the threat of asteroid impact?"

A link to the show's website is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03hvn5x

UPDATED: The show is now available onthe BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03hvn5x/The_Infinite_Monkey_Cage_Series_9_Risk/

Posted by jeffers at 17/11/2013 03:46 GMT
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iPlayer links for ISIHAC, ISIRTA, & Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
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British ComedyHere are some links for shows currently available on the iPlayer:

* I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue - Series 60 - Episode 1: 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03gvsln/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_60_Episode_1/

* I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again Series 7 Episode 13:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0125g83/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_7_Episode_13/

* [for viewers in the UK only] Celebrity Antiques Road Trip - Series 3 - Episode 6 (with Tim & Graeme):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03hzql6/Celebrity_Antiques_Road_Trip_Series_3_Episode_6/

Posted by lisa at 16/11/2013 18:50 GMT
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im & Graeme on "Celebrity Antiques Road Trip" Monday, 11 November
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British ComedyFor viewers in the UK, Tim & Graeme will be appearing on BBC Two's "Celebrity Antiques Road Trip" on Monday, 11 November at 7:00pm.  Here's an episode description from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03hzql6

"Two of the three Goodies, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden, get back into character as they pair up with antiques experts Will Axon and Philip Serrell, and take to the road in Devon in a classic car each with £400 and a mission to buy items to sell at auction for a profit. On their roadtrip, the celebrities enter the world of two eccentric local inventors."

Posted by lisa at 10/11/2013 06:27 GMT
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ISIHAC Series 60 starts 11 November 2013
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British ComedyThe 60th series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue", with Tim & Graeme, begins on BBC Radio 4 this Monday, 11 November, at 18:30 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03gvsln), with a repeat the following Sunday at noon.  The show will be available on the BBC iPlayer for a week after broadcast.

Posted by lisa at 10/11/2013 06:26 GMT
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etails about final recording for ISIHAC Autumn 2013 series
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British ComedyThe following information about purchasing tickets for the third recording of the autumn 2013 series comes from the official I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue newsletter mailing list:

"Dear I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Mailing List Member

Here are details of the final recording in the Autumn 2013 series of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue”:

The recording will take place as follows:

Friday 29th November at the Milton Keynes Theatre.
  This will be a double recording of the show (i.e. 2 programmes will be recorded) for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets are: £7 and £5,
and are obtainable from 09.00am on Tuesday 5th November [color=Black]via the theatre’s Box Office, telephone: 0844 871 7652, or online via the theatre’s website at www.atgtickets.co.uk.

For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is: Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Central Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK9 3NZ. The Box Office opening times on Monday 5th November are 9am – 7.45pm, but normal weekday times are: 10am – 7.45pm (Monday – Saturday).

The recording starts at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.30pm. Tickets will be limited to a strict maximum of 4 per applicant – by whatever booking system. Demand for tickets is very great, so you are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment, and you should allow for queue waiting times for the Box Office, either by phone or in person, to be longer than usual.

One other thing… if you happen to be on the look out for an early Christmas present at a bargain price, then look no further than our freshly-minted book of the acclaimed Radio 4 show hosted by David Mitchell, The Unbelievable Truth, which is chock-full of properly unbelievable truths and some funny pieces by Graeme Garden. It’s available here for £7 – nearly a tenner off its recommended retail price: www.randomentertainment.co.uk.

With best wishes,
Jon Naismith
Producer, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue"

Posted by lisa at 31/10/2013 19:08 GMT
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iplayer links for ISIRTA, Hello Cheeky, etc.
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British ComedyHere are this week's Goodies-related radio show repeats currently on the BBC iPlayer:

* Only available until Sunday evening (UK time) is a repeat of "The Unbelievable Truth" Series 3 Episode 1 (originally broadcast in 2009) with Graeme on the panel:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00j6bdt/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_3_Episode_1/

* "I’m Sorry I'll Read That Again" Series 7 Episode 8 (with the continuing saga of Professor Prune):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b011ckn4/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_7_Episode_8/

* "Hello Cheeky" from May 16, 1976:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b013dzn0/Hello_Cheeky_From_16_05_1976/

* "One" series 1, episode 4 with Graeme in the cast:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00771mt/One_Series_1_Episode_4/

Posted by lisa at 11/10/2013 20:24 GMT
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tickets for ISIHAC Autumn 2013 Series (series 60)
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British ComedyHere are details about purchasing tickets for the first two recordings in the Autumn 2013 series from the "I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue" newsletter list:

Dear I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Mailing List Member

Here are details of the first two recordings in the Autumn 2013 series of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue”:

The recordings will take place as follows:

1. Thursday 17th October at the Playhouse Theatre in Weston-super-Mare. This will be a double recording of the show (i.e. 2 programmes will be recorded) for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets are all priced at £5, and are obtainable from 10.00am on Sunday 29th September via the Playhouse Theatre’s Box Office, telephone: 01934 64 55 44, or online via the theatre’s website at www.theplayhouse.co.uk.

For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is the Playhouse Theatre, High Street, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS23 1HP. The Box Office opening times are 10am – 7pm this Sunday, but normal procedure is: 10am – 5pm (Monday – Saturday), until 8pm on show nights, and up until 2 hours before the show on Sundays.

The recording starts at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.30pm. Tickets will be limited to a strict maximum of 4 per applicant – by whatever booking system. Demand for tickets is very great, so you are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment, and you should allow for queue waiting times for the Box Office, either by phone or in person, to be longer than usual.  Please note there will be a booking fee of £2 applied to each transaction.

2. Sunday 3rd November at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Again, it will be a double recording of the show for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.


Tickets will cost £9, £7 and £5 respectively, and are obtainable from 10.00am on Tuesday 1st October via the Theatre Royal’s Box Office, telephone: 0844 412 4657, or online via the online booking address at www.seetickets.com.

Please note that online and telephone purchases will incur a booking fee of £1 on each ticket costing £9 or £7 and of 75p on each ticket costing £5.

For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JF. The Box Office opening times are Monday to Saturday – 10.00am until 8.00pm.

Again, the recording starts at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.30pm. Tickets will be limited to a strict maximum of 4 per applicant – by whatever booking system. The advantage of using an experienced seller like See Tickets is that the website should be more robust than most. Again, be warned that demand for tickets is very great, so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

I will be in touch again in the next few weeks with details of the final recording date in what will be the programme’s 60th Series. The 60th series will begin transmission on Radio 4 from Monday 11th November at 6.30pm.

With best wishes,
Jon Naismith
Producer, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue


Posted by lisa at 26/09/2013 17:24 GMT
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"The Unbelievable Truth" book
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British ComedyA tie-in book for Graeme's BBC Radio/ABC Television panel show "The Unbelievable Truth" is scheduled to be published in the UK tomorrow (26 September). 



Here's the description from Amazon's website (at http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Unbelievable-Truth-David-Mitchell/dp/1848094191/):

"Enter Mr David Mitchell's amazing Cabinet of Curiosities and prepare to marvel at this hand-picked and lavishly illustrated compendium of incredible facts, each one painstakingly culled from the hugely acclaimed BBC Radio and Australian TV show The Unbelievable Truth.
PLUS - try your own truth-detection skills over a series of ingenious comic essays on a diverse range of subjects from Armadillos to Sir Walter Raleigh by the show's co-inventor Dr Graeme Garden - each essay contains FIVE incredible truths, tantalisingly concealed amongst a host of barely credible lies.The Unbelievable Truth is hosted by the award-winning actor, comedian and writer David Mitchell, and was first broadcast on Radio 4 in 2006, since when it has become one of BBC Radio's most popular and successful shows."


Posted by lisa at 25/09/2013 20:07 GMT
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Graeme Garden in "Hitchhiker's Guide" live show on 10 Oct in Bradford
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British ComedyThanks to Isabell for this news:

Graeme Garden will be the guest "Voice of the Book" in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live!" on 10 October 2013 at St. George's Hall in Bradford.  Tickets are on sale now from http://www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/event/hitchhiker

More details about the show can be found at its official website, http://www.hitchhikerslive.com/
 
The full list of tour dates, which also tells you the guest Voice of the Book for each show, can be found at http://www.hitchhikerslive.com/tour-dates.html  (note that Barry Cryer makes several appearances as well).

Posted by lisa at 18/09/2013 20:16 GMT
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BBC iPlayer links
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British ComedySome BBC iPlayer links - sorry for the delay in sending these.

* Last week's repeat of I’m Sorry I'll Read That Again (with the second episode of "Professor Prune") is available for another day from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01075d1/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_7_Episode_2/

* Last week's repeat of "Hello Cheeky" is available through Thursday evening (UK time) from:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012b8hz/Hello_Cheeky_From_28_04_1973/

* for viewers in the UK, Bill's appearance on "Britain's Big Wildlife Revival" episode 2 is available  through 6 October from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b039gjph/Britains_Big_Wildlife_Revival_Coastal/

Posted by lisa at 03/09/2013 19:03 GMT
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"Jo Brand's Great Wall of Comedy" Tues / "The Celebrity Chase"
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British ComedyFor viewers in the UK:

* Tim's appearance on "Jo Brand's Great Wall of Comedy" is scheduled to be repeated on Tues, Aug 20th on GOLD at 18:00

* Bill is scheduled to be on "The Celebrity Chase" on Wednesday, 21 August on TV3 at 20:00 (repeated Sat, 24 Aug at 18:00).  Here's a listing: "Russell Watson, Rita Simons, Bill Oddie, Denise Welch.  Can the four finest quiz brains in the country succeed in their mission to chase each celebrity contestant out of the game? Bradley Walsh presents a
series of celebrity special versions of hit daytime quiz show The Chase. Our celebrity contestants for the day include classical singer Russell Watson, actress and model Rita Simons, author Bill Oddie and Loose Women's Denise Welch."

Posted by lisa at 20/08/2013 04:28 GMT
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iPlayer links for ISIHAC & ISIRTA
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British ComedyHere are some iPlayer links for shows from this week:

* The newest episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (Series 59 Episode 3):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b036twt9/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_59_Episode_3/

* Last week's episode is available for a few more days from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b036k73n/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_59_Episode_2/

* I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again Series 6 Episode 9 ("Macbeth"): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00dr9bb/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_6_Macbeth/

Posted by lisa at 19/07/2013 16:34 GMT
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new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" starts Monday, July 1st
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British ComedyThe new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (series 59!) starts today (Monday, July 1st) on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm (UK time).  The show will be repeated at noon on Sunday.  It should also be available on the BBC iPlayer about an hour after the initial (Monday) broadcast.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0367mxq

Posted by lisa at 01/07/2013 15:48 GMT
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'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: Volume 15 & AudioGo sale
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British ComedyI'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: Volume 15 was released on April 24th as both a double CD set and a digital download.  The set features about 2 1/2 hours of fun from the panel show starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, and Jack Dee. 

Here's the description from Amazon's website (at
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Im-Sorry-Havent-Clue-Volume/dp/1471331075/):

"Four more extended episodes from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series specially compiled by producer Jon Naismith. In this fifteenth collection of the perennial antidote to panel games, regular panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden - plus guests - are given silly and hilarious things to do. Listeners will know to expect inspired nonsense, pointless revelry and Colin Sell at the piano. "

On this topic, AudioGo (formerly BBC Audiobooks) is having a sale on their website which includes deep discounts for many comedy titles including the "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" and "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" lines.

For example, on their US site the new ISIHAC Vol 15 release is only $3.99, discounted from $14.95!  On AudioGo's UK site you have to buy the four shows from Volume 15 separately at a cost of £1.49 each, discounted from £3.69 each.  On both sites make sure you check whether you're buying the complete set or individual shows when selecting your purchases.


Here are links for the US & UK sites:

http://www.audiogo.com/us/im-sorry-i-havent-a-clue-volume-15-iain-pattinson-
gid-1019926


And http://www.audiogo.com/uk/author-collection/iain-pattinson

Posted by lisa at 26/04/2013 22:29 GMT
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iPlayer links for ISIRTA & TUT
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British ComedyThis week's BBC Radio 4 Extra repeat of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" is on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ckcmh/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_5_Episode_10/ 

Also on the BBC iPlayer is this week's episode of "The Unbelievable Truth"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01s09km/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_11_Episode_3/

plus a clip from next week's TUT in which Graeme will once again be on the panel:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0186j29

Posted by lisa at 26/04/2013 22:27 GMT
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Repeat of Bill Oddie's "Comedy Controller" on BBC Radio 4 Extra from 13 April
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British ComedyBBC Radio 4 Extra repeated Bill Oddie's episode of "Comedy Controller" on Saturday. In the 3-hour broadcast, "'Professor' Bill Oddie muses on the development of radio comedy via Up the Pole, ITMA, Archie's the Boy, Beyond Our Ken, On the Hour, and On the Town with the League of Gentlemen."

The show can be heard from the BBC iPlayer until this Saturday at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qz59

Posted by lisa at 15/04/2013 16:43 GMT
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New BBC Radio 4 episode of "The Unbelievable Truth" with Graeme Garden
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British ComedyGraeme Garden was on the panellists on today's new episode of "The Unbelievable Truth", which is available on the BBC iPlayer at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rqnj3

Posted by lisa at 08/04/2013 21:19 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Newsletter - info about tickets for spring recordings
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British ComedyHere is the information about purchasing tickets to the spring recordings of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.  After the newsletter was sent out there were a few corrections to the on sale date for the May 14th recording.  The corrections have been incorporated into the information below.

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From: newsletter@randomentertainment.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:01 PM
Subject: Newsletter from I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue ISIHAC NEWSLETTER
Dear I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Mailing List Member

Please find below details of the three recordings in the 59th Series of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” which will take place in May, June and July this year.

Each recording will feature the regular panel of Jack Dee, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and Tim Brooke-Taylor, plus a guest panellist.

1. The first recording will take place at the City Hall in Salisbury on Tuesday 14th May.

Tickets will cost £5, and are obtainable from 9am on Tuesday 11th April 2013 via the City Hall’s Box Office, telephone: 01722 434434. You can also book tickets online from 9am on the 11th April via the theatre’s online booking address: www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk. For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 7TU.

The box office opening times are Monday to Friday: 9am – 5.30pm, Saturday: 10am – 5pm. Tickets will be limited to no more than 4 per applicant. You are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment.

This is a double recording of the show for broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The recording starts at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.15 –10.30pm.



2. The second recording will take place at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield on Monday 10th June.

Tickets will cost £5 and are obtainable from 10.00am on Wednesday 24th April 2013 via the Chesterfield Theatres Box Office, telephone: 01246 345222 or via their online box office www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk. For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is The Chesterfield Theatres Box Office, Pomegranate Theatre, Corporation Street, Chesterfield S417TX or alternatively Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre, Rykneld Square, Chesterfield, S40 1SB.

The box office opening times are 10am - 7pm, Monday – Saturday (closed Sunday) and the Visitor Centre is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-5pm. Tickets will be limited to no more than 4 per applicant. You are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment.

This is a double recording of the show for broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The recording starts at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.15 –10.30pm.



3. The third and final recording in the series will take place at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester on Monday 1st July.

Tickets will cost £7 and £5, and are obtainable from 10.00am on Friday 12th April 2013 via the De Montfort Hall’s box office, telephone: 0116 233 3111 or via their online box office www.demontforthall.co.uk . For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU.

The box office opening times are 10am - 6pm, Monday – Saturday (closed Sunday except on performance days when they will open from 6-8pm). Tickets will be limited to no more than 4 per applicant. You are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment.

This is a double recording of the show for broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The recording starts at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.15 –10.30pm.

That’s about the size of it. I do hope to see you at one of the above.

With best wishes
Jon Naismith
Producer, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

Posted by lisa at 05/04/2013 19:34 GMT
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new episode of "Animal Antics" on BBC One tonight‏
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British ComedyFor viewers in the UK, episode 6 of Tim's show "Animal Antics" airs tonight on BBC One at 17:20.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01px2q5

Posted by lisa at 02/03/2013 05:20 GMT
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iPlayer link for this week's I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again repeat
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British ComedyThis week's "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" repeat from BBC Radio 4 Extra (with Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, & Bill Oddie) presents the Spring song and the tale of Champion the Wonder Mouse. The show can be heard on the BBC iPlayer from 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00v3nlg/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_5_Episode_2/  (note that the iPlayer may not work on mobile devices outside the UK)

Posted by lisa at 27/02/2013 22:47 GMT
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tickets for London recordings of "The Unbelievable Truth"
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British ComedyThe BBC ticket office is accepting applications for tickets to the recording of the next series of "The Unbelievable Truth" (which will be held in London on February 13th & 20th).  Details can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/shows/unbelievable_truth_feb13

Posted by lisa at 01/02/2013 19:45 GMT
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BBC iPlayer links - "Book of Kells", ISIRTA, The Unbelievable Truth
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British ComedyBBC Radio 4 Extra is broadcasting some of the Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventures with Paul McGann.  The episode which aired yesterday, "The Book of Kells", also stars Graeme Garden!  This episode can be heard on the BBC iPlayer at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01prcd1/Doctor_Who_The_Book_of_Kells/

Also on the iPlayer this week:

I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00b2kh3/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_4_Episode_9/


The Unbelievable Truth Series 10 Episode 2
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pnn1d/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_10_Episode_2/


and the episode of "The Burkiss Way" with the blink and you'll miss it one-line cameo by Tim Brooke-Taylor:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007js9k/The_Burkiss_Way_Series_4_Avoid_Like_the_Plague_the_Burkiss_Way/

Posted by lisa at 12/01/2013 06:15 GMT
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Tim interview on "Steve Wright in the Afternoon" (11 January 2013)
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British ComedyTim Brooke-Taylor appeared on "Steve Wright in the Afternoon" on 11th January to promote his television series "Animal Antics" (episode 2 of that show airs Saturday night on BBC One at 17:30) as well as the Slapstick 2013 festival.

The Steve Wright show can be heard from the following link (Tim's interview starts at 2 hours 30 minutes 42 seconds into the show):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pmfly/Steve_Wright_in_the_Afternoon_Tim_BrookeTaylor_and_Michael_Vaughan/

Posted by lisa at 12/01/2013 05:54 GMT
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Tim interview (for Animal Antics) on BBC Radio Derby
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British ComedyTim Brooke-Taylor discusses his new TV show, "Animal Antics", and football with Andy Potter on BBC Radio Derby in this interview from last Friday (4 January). The interview starts at 2 hours 43 minutes 7 seconds into the show.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p012b8sx/Andy_Potter_Tim_BrookeTaylor_polar_bears_Second_Chance_animal_shelter_and_Christmas_tree_recycling/

Posted by lisa at 08/01/2013 03:05 GMT
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Bill in "Stanley Baxter: The Many Faces of" (BBC 2 on January 5th)
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British ComedyBill Oddie will be one of the contributors to the documentary "Stanley Baxter: The Many Faces of" which will air on Saturday, 5th January on BBC 2 at 8pm.  Here's a listing:

"Celebrating the extraordinary career of entertainer Stanley Baxter, whose shows captivated huge audiences for twenty years before the cost of his epics priced him off our screens. Tracing his origins to Scotland's variety and review stages, his story is told by admiring fans including Michael Grade, Barry Cryer, Bill Oddie and Gregor Fisher."

Posted by lisa at 05/01/2013 05:11 GMT
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Tim's show "Animal Antics" starts 5 January on BBC1
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British ComedyTim's new TV show, "Animal Antics", starts on BBC1 on 5th January at 6pm.

As part of the promotion for the show, Tim appeared on Bernie Keith's BBC Radio Northamption show on Friday, 4 January.  The interview can be heard on the BBC iPlayer at the following link (the interview begins at 2 hours 20
minutes 9 seconds into the broadcast): 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p012bb4r/Bernie_Keith_Free_Choice_Friday_Tim_BrookeTaylor_and_Rosemary_Conley/


Viewers in the UK also can see a clip of Tim on BBC 1 Breakfast Friday morning, being interviewed about "Animal Antics", at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p013bhvy

Thanks to David Drury for posting links to two clipsfrom "Animal Antics" at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJAf6T9I6g0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_QA8XBa4qM

Additional clips can be seen on "Animal Antics" Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Animal-Antics/278562238933053

Posted by lisa at 05/01/2013 04:38 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Christmas Special iPlayer link & photos
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British ComedyThanks to Isabell for this news:

The I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Christmas Special is available on the BBC iPlayer at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pfv8y

And there is a set of lovely behind the scenes photos from the recording at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/galleries/p012m4tg

Posted by lisa at 28/12/2012 04:17 GMT
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BBC iPlayer links and upcoming shows
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British Comedy1. The new episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (Series 58 Episode 6 from Monday, 17 Dec) is available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pbq3t/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_58_Episode_6/  The show will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 this Sunday at noon.

2. Last week's episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (Series 58 Episode 5) will still be available on the iPlayer through 24 December 10:30pm (UK Time) from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01p704r/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_58_Episode_5/


3. This week's BBC Radio 4 Extra repeat of I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again series 4 episode 6 (from November 1966)  is available at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0092s7l/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_4_Episode_6/


4. The I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Christmas Special will be broadcast next Monday, 24 December starting at 6:15pm (15 minutes earlier than usual). This will be a 45 minute special - here's a listing: "In celebration of its 40th Anniversary this year, Radio 4's perennial antidote to panel games presents a specially extended Christmas edition of the show. Programme
regulars Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor are joined on the panel by Stephen Fry, with Jack Dee as the programme's reluctant chairman. Regular listeners will know to expect inspired nonsense, pointless revelry and Colin Sell at the piano. Producer - Jon Naismith."

Check out BBC Radio 4's website for the show
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pfv8y) which has various video clips, such as "Tim, Barry and Graeme spilling the beans on the rest of the Clue team".


5.  "QI" on Dave on Fri, 28 Dec at 13:30 is a repeat of the episode in which Graeme appeared.

6. "Would I Lie to You?" on Dave on Sat, 29 Dec at 15:20 has Bill Oddie on the panel.

7. BBC Two is repeating "The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff".  I believe Graeme appeared in the third episode of the series last year.  If anyone can help pin down the date this episode is being repeated this year please let us know .

8. The "One Foot in the Grave" Christmas Special from 1997, in which Tim appeared, is being repeated by GOLD on Thurs, 27 Dec at 10:30

Posted by lisa at 19/12/2012 17:51 GMT
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19 November episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue"
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British ComedyToday's new episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (series 58 episode 2) is now available on the BBC iPlayer at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01nxh2s/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_58_Episode_2/

It will be broadcast again on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday at noon.


Last week's episode (series 58 episode 1) is still available on the iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01nt3y6/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_58_Episode_1/

Posted by lisa at 19/11/2012 22:02 GMT
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iPlayer links for ISIHAC Series 58 Episode 1 plus ISIRTA repeats
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British Comedy* The new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" began this Monday.  Episode 1 will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 at noon on Sunday.  It can be heard now from the following link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01nt3y6/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_58_Episode_1/
This episode comes from the Grove Theatre in Dunstable and the guest panelist is Tony Hawks.


* The latest BBC Radio 4 Extra repeat of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" is the start of series 4, which features "The Curse of the Flying Wombat" serial.  Episode 1 also includes "The Ferret Song":
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00srqfn/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_4_Episode_1/ 


* Last week's ISIRTA repeat (the Liverpool Edition) will be available on the BBC iPlayer for a few more days from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00spmnm/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_3_Episode_13/

Posted by lisa at 15/11/2012 22:37 GMT
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I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue info about Xmas recording and start of new series
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British ComedyThe following is the latest newsletter from the official I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue mailing list.  Note that it includes information about requesting tickets for the recording of the London-based special Christmas edition (which takes place on 10th December).  It also includes the news that the new series of ISIHAC begins on BBC Radio 4 on 12th November.


Newsletter from I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

ISIHAC NEWSLETTER

Dear I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Mailing List Member

In celebration of 40 years on air, the ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’ team will be recording a special extended Christmas edition of the programme.

The cast will comprise host Jack Dee, with regulars Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, plus a guest appearance from Stephen Fry.

The recording will take place at 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) on Monday 10th December in London at the Logan Hall, 20 Bedford Way, a 900-seat venue, which is part of the University of London. It was where we recorded the Sony Award-winning ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Christmas Carol’ back in 2003.

All tickets to the show are £7, and I’m pleased to report, in a bid to make the ticketing process as fair and as unstressful as possible, we are now in a position to allocate these tickets via a lottery system – something for which many of you have been asking for some years.

[color=Red[b}>}To apply for tickets, first click on this link[/b][/color]:
www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/shows/sorry_i_havent_a_clue_dec12

Then click on the “Apply Now” box at the bottom right of the page, and complete the booking form. You can apply for a maximum of two tickets.

The closing time/date for ticket applications will be 4pm on Friday 9th November so you’ll need to complete your form before then.

After this time, the appropriate number of tickets will be selected by a random ballot, and the details of those selected will be passed to a third-party ticket agency who will complete the ticketing process. You will not be charged anything until this stage.

That’s about the size of it. Good luck to all who apply and I look forward to seeing you there.

Meantime, I’d like to draw your attention to the start of the 58th series of ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’ on Monday 12th November at 6.30pm on Radio 4.

Also, please note that our brand new “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” book, released to celebrate this year’s Anniversary, is now safely in the shops. Here’s a link to it via our website (where you can order a copy on Amazon:

www.isihac.net/merchandise.php?r=-88

With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue



Posted by lisa at 06/11/2012 20:34 GMT
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more links to Graeme's 18 October Australian radio interviews
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British ComedyHere are links to three more interviews with Graeme from yesterday to promote "The Unbelievable Truth":

http://www.novafm.com.au/audio/remember-goodies 

http://www.wsfm.com.au/shows/jonesy-amanda-morning/listen/jonesy-and-amandas-jamcast-18-october-2012  (the interview begins at 11 minutes 58 seconds into the clip).

http://www.2ue.com.au/blogs/2ue-blog/graham-garden-unbelievable-truth/20121018-27tqx.html

Posted by lisa at 19/10/2012 13:49 GMT
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TUT article from The West Australian
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British ComedyThe following article (which includes a photo of Graeme) appears online at
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/entertainment/a/-/television/15154732/tricked-up-truth/  (BTW, Australian viewers note that you can watch the first two episodes of "The Unbelievable Truth" online at http://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/the-unbelievable-truth/)

Tricked-up truth

SHANNON HARVEY, The West Australian
October 18, 2012, 1:22 pm



He is one-third of the comic royalty that was The Goodies and the creator of Seven's new comedy game show The Unbelievable Truth. Now Graeme Garden - the former Goodie with the sideburns and glasses - guest stars on the show's second episode and puts our own comic trickster, Merrick Watts, to the sword.

"I set an elaborate trap for Merrick, and he falls right into it," Garden laughed. "It made me laugh a lot. He's a bright guy but hides it very well with the dumb act he puts on."

Garden, still with spectacles but without the sideburns these days, appears as a panellist alongside Australian comedians Sarah Kendall, Watts and the Chaser's Andrew Hansen. They all try to trick each other with truth and lies about topics such as tattoos, spiders and make-up.

Garden devised The Unbelievable Truth as a radio game show, which became a hit after first airing on the BBC in 2006.

"We thought it would be fun to mix up truth and lies and to get a lot of comedians to separate them out, and with any luck, they say a load of funny things," he said. "We've always wanted to turn it into a TV game show of sorts, but there's a similar show already on air here in England, so it didn't get across the line."

It wasn't until The Goodies' live comedy tour of Australia a couple of years ago that Hansen - who was hosting their tour - suggested they turn it into a TV show here. Under Garden's watchful eye, three of the Chaser boys - Hansen, Julian Morrow and series host Craig Reucassel - are driving the show for Seven.

"They're very amusing, those Chaser boys. They seem quite keen to get away from the naughty satire and pranks and do a bit of straight comedy. I don't know if they'll get paid more, but I guess they'll get sued less."

Other guest comedians in future episodes include Stephen K. Amos, Shane Jacobson, Tom Gleeson, Jimeoin, the Umbilical Brothers and Akmal Saleh. Garden got to know them all during taping of the shows while in Australia.

"I've been to Australia quite a lot doing tours and talks with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie. We've always found there to be a very robust comedy scene there. There seems to be a lot of funny ladies in Australia, which we have trouble finding in the UK.

"On the show we have Sarah Kendall, Claudia O'Doherty and Cal Wilson, who are all lovely and very funny.

"Kitty Flanagan is very sharp and lived up to her reputation as a rather naughty girl using a watermelon and a baby bump to tell truths and lies about childbirth."

Australia is the first country to turn Garden's radio show into a TV series. Perhaps that's not so surprising, as The Goodies were actually more popular in Australia than the UK. And that's no lie. Is it?
The Unbelievable Truth airs today at 9.30pm on Seven/GWN7.


Posted by lisa at 18/10/2012 15:57 GMT
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photo of Graeme & the "Unbelievable Truth" team
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"The Unbelievable Truth – Thursdays 9.30pm on Seven

Episode Two of The Unbelievable Truth features Merrick Watts, Sarah Kendall, Graeme Garden and Andrew Hansen.

Merrick Watts talks makeup and uncovers some hidden ingredients that aren’t so pretty. But are his makeup facts just made-up lies?

Sarah Kendall spins a web of lies on spiders, provoking a lively debate on their original ancestors.

Would a Goodie lie to you? Graeme Garden attempts to hide a bunch of unbelievable facts about China. As creator of the concept, will he have a completely unfair advantage? Of course he will.

Andrew Hansen bares all the facts on nudity - but is it really illegal for a soldier to pose without clothes? Seems Prince Harry missed the order.

Hosted by Craig Reucassel, The Unbelievable Truth is a game where comedians give entertaining presentations in which everything is untrue except a few strange facts. Guests try to pick the truth from the lies."


http://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/the-unbelievable-truth/

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Graeme on Australian radio Thursday morning to promote TUT
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British ComedyGraeme Garden has said to listen out for him on Thursday morning, as he'll be "live on about 8 radio shows" regarding the episode of "The Unbelievable Truth" in which he'll appear that evening.

Let us know if you spot any of the interviews, either prior to broadcast or available for replay online afterwards.

Posted by lisa at 17/10/2012 02:58 GMT
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"The Unbelievable Truth" publicity photo with Graeme
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British ComedyGraeme Garden with Craig Reucassel, Andrew Hansen and Julian Morrow during the recording of the Australian television version of "The Unbelievable Truth". The show premieres Thursday October 11 at 9.30pm on Channel Seven.

Graeme will appear in next week's episode (on Thursday October 18) alongside Merrick Watts, Sarah Kendall and Andrew Hansen.



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publicity packet (including guest info) for "The Unbelievable Truth"
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British ComedyThanks to Jane Donnelly for this link to Seven West Media's publicity packet for "The Unbelievable Truth", including details about all the guests (including our very own Graeme Garden):
http://www.sevenwestmedia.com.au/docs/business-unit-news/the-unbelievable-truth-coming-soon.pdf

The first episode of the show airs Thurs, 11 Oct on Australia's Channel 7 (episodes will be available after broadcast to Australian viewers from http://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/the-unbelievable-truth/).

Posted by lisa at 10/10/2012 15:01 GMT
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"The Unbelievable Truth" article from Yahoo News Australia
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British ComedyHere's another article about the Australian TV version of "The Unbelievable Truth", which starts on Channel 7 this Thursday night at 9:30pm (and then will be available online for Australian viewers at http://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/the-unbelievable-truth/).

This article is from http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/entertainment/a/-/television/15083211/thank-goodies-for-the-truth/


Thank Goodies for the truth

SUE YEAP, The West Australian
October 10, 2012, 10:26 am

Sometimes truth is far stranger than fiction. Seven's new comedy panel game show The Unbelievable Truth relies on this statement to smuggle through strange facts hidden in an often hilarious web of lies.

Produced by Julian Morrow, Craig Reucassel and Andrew Hansen from The Chaser's War on Everything and The Hamster Wheel, the show entails comedians delivering entertaining presentations.

Each is full of lies, with only a few truths. The aim of the game is to sneak these facts through and for the panel to attempt to detect them.

The show had its genesis on BBC Radio. The popular radio version of The Unbelievable Truth was created by comedy mastermind Graeme Garden, of The Goodies fame, alongside radio comedian Jon Naismith, who form Random Productions. The hit show has been running since 2006.

Garden also co-produced the show's transmission on to Australian TV screens with the three Chaser stars and was present for the recording. Morrow says the Scottish comedy king's involvement was a huge drawcard.

"All of us have idolised The Goodies from day one so it was a great opportunity," Morrow says over the phone between filming The Hamster Wheel.

"It certainly made it easy to get guests on the show. I would ring people up and say 'There are two ways to ask this question. One would be to say, would you like to come on our new comedy panel game show on Channel 7? The other is, would you like to meet Graeme Garden?' And they were like 'yes'."

Like so many Australians growing up in the 1970s and early 80s, Morrow and co watched cult British TV series The Goodies. The lawyer-turned- comedian/producer says Hansen in particular is a massive fan. Hansen managed to score the gig of emceeing The Goodies' live talking tour a couple of years ago, casually suggesting to Garden The Unbelievable Truth would make a great Aussie TV show.

The idea was pursued, then realised and ready to roll out 18 months later.

The fun game show marks a lighthearted change from the trio's usual political satire. Morrow says this was mainly because it was filmed so early they had to steer away from it being too topical.

Comedian guests include Stephen K Amos, Kitty Flanagan, Shane Jacobson, Akmal Saleh and Sam Simmons, not to mention Garden. The series is also dotted with random cameos by singer Kamahl.

Morrow says adding the visual element to the mix helped to heighten the humour. The sketches, graphics and props brought proceedings to a new level.

"TV is a great opportunity to do silly things that you would never otherwise be able to do," he says.

"We took a horse down to a shoot, Andrew had a koala on set and Sam had a dog on set.

"That's the kind of dress-ups and silliness that we love."
The Unbelievable Truth premieres tomorrow, October 11 at 9.30pm on Seven/GWN7.


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News.com.au review of Channel 7's "The Unbelievable Truth"
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British ComedyThis article appears online at http://www.news.com.au/news/chasing-the-truth-in-comic-lies/story-fnejnj7h-1226491990978

Chasing the truth in comic lies

THEY'RE the naughty boys of Australian comedy. Just please don't expect their new series for Channel 7 to be wall-to-wall laughs. Or so they joke.
The Unbelievable Truth - a UK radio format adapted for television and championed by their comic idol, Graeme Garden of The Goodies fame - has provided a rare mainstream platform for some of the biggest names (and a few new ones) from the local comedy circuit.

Recorded earlier this year to a rapturous reception from the audiences in the Sydney studios, anticipation for this series has long been understandably high.

On the eve of the show's premiere, Craig Reucassel, Julian Morrow and Andrew Hansen are trying their best to hose down expectations.

"We're going to make a promo which says, 'There's only one funny thing in this entire half hour, see if you can spot it?" Reucassel, the show's host, says.

"Yes, the 'unbelievable' joke," adds Hansen, chuckling.

The rules of the game are a little complicated, but the pay-off is some of the best comic performances we've seen on commercial TV in years.

The truth is this: four panellists are each invited to deliver a short lecture on a given subject, which must be almost completely made up.

Points are awarded to panel members who can correctly spot the real "truths" secreted in between all the lies.

Think Thank God You're Here meets QI, with the same laugh-and-learn approach.

Those who accepted the challenge to hilarious effect include Shane Jacobson, Merrick Watts, Tom Gleeson, Kitty Flanagan and Jimeoin.

Morrow and Hansen also join the panels, with Garden flying in from London to oversee the production and to also make an appearance.

Then there are the funny new "finds" including Sam Simmons, Claudia O'Doherty and Toby Truslove.

Simmons in particular delivers a side-splitting speech on dogs, with sidekick pooch Ziggy, who almost steals the show.

Look out too for some chickens, a koala and a guinea pig appearing with Stephen K Amos.

But they saved the hamster for The Hamster Wheel, which returned to the ABC for its second "open season" on the media last month.

With Reucassel and Morrow signed to write and record a "factual" series for the ABC, Chaser teammate Chas Licciardello off filming a special on the US presidential race and radio commitments for both Morrow and Dominic Knight, it's been a flat-chat year for them all.

The move to Seven from Aunty has also gone more smoothly than they imagined, given the network gained an injunction over a skit in 2007 where the team infiltrated the offices of Today Tonight.


Posted by lisa at 09/10/2012 14:49 GMT
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articles about Australian TV version of "The Unbelievable Truth"
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British ComedyHere are a couple of articles about next week's premier of "The Unbelievable Truth" on Australia's Channel 7

1. From The Age listing of shows for Thurs, Oct 11th (posted 4 October 2012):  http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-guide/thursday-october-11-20121003-26y45.html

The Unbelievable Truth: series premiere, Channel Seven, 9.30pm

HOSTED by Craig Reucassel (The Hamster Wheel), this promising first episode features a panel of comedians and special guests including Kitty Flanagan, Toby Truslove (former BMX champion), Simon Simmons and Julian Morrow (The Chaser's War on Everything), each presenting on a range of topics - beards, Apple, childbirth, the origins of OMG - while the panel try to spot the truth in ''a barrage of lies''. The dynamic between the players is close to perfect, with cracking one-liners zinging from the get-go. It's fast, amusing and unearths some truly remarkable facts. Reucassel makes for a relaxed host, deftly orchestrating his guests without being overbearing. A very pregnant and reliably funny Flanagan is a standout, while Truslove's spiel on beards is a close second. I'm looking forward to future guests Sarah Kendall and Celia Pacquola.


2. From The Age posted 8 October 2012: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/down-the-garden-path-20121005-272x7.html.  This page includes two critics giving their opinion of the show, including a few brief clips from the series. 

Down the Garden path

Date October 8, 2012

Sacha Molitorisz

Comedian Virginia Gay is standing beside a life-size replica of Ned Kelly. ''Spoons,'' she says, sizing up Australia's infamous bushranger. ''His helmet was made of spoons.''

''You know how he died?'' comedian Akmal Saleh interjects. ''He was forked.''

''Such is knife,'' Andrew Hansen says, incisively.

What do you get when you pack a stage full of comedians? Punchlines. Lots of them. And now you get The Unbelievable Truth, the bastard love-child of Graeme ''Goodie'' Garden and the Chaser's Julian Morrow, Craig Reucassel and Hansen.

''It's a show about truth and lies,'' says Garden, still best known for his work with comic trio the Goodies. ''There are four players and each of them gives a talk and the whole talk has to be untrue, so they can make up the silliest, funniest lies about any topic that people can talk about. But within that they've got to smuggle five truths past the other people, so of course you want to find the truths that sound the least believable. So the most bizarre truths are stitched into all this pack of lies.

''The other players have to buzz in when they think they've spotted a truth. If it is a truth, they get a point. If they get it wrong, they lose a point. And at the end of it, the person who is talking counts up how many truths they managed to smuggle past the others, so it's a scoring game - played very, very seriously.

''Also, when people buzz in there's usually some debate and discussion and argument about how true things are, so there's a lot of fun to be had from the banter. Because the easiest thing in the world is to put in an inadvertent truth.''

In the spirit of the game, then, here is a series of untrue statements about Graeme Garden, into which one truth has been smuggled. One: the Scottish quipper met fellow Goodies Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor in the 1960s when all three were students at Cambridge University. Two: he studied medicine, following in the footsteps of his dad, an orthopaedic surgeon who invented the ''Garden screw'', which fixes hip fractures. Three: Garden completed his studies but chose to pursue a career in comedy instead of saving lives. Four: his son plays keyboards for the camp pop band Scissor Sisters. Five: The Unbelievable Truth is based on a hit BBC radio show of the same name.

So, which one of those statements is true? Actually, they all are.

''We've done nine radio series now, 51 programs, and are still going strong. So we know the format is robust,'' Garden says. ''And we obviously have different people on the show and it works well with any style of comic. They write their own material and they bring their own style to the show. We've never had a problem - although, after they've written them, we tend to script edit.''

This is the first time the show has been adapted for television, a process that carries with it both possibilities and challenges. ''On the radio, there's just one researcher,'' Garden says. ''Here there's a big team of editors, graphic designers, illustrators and researchers working on the show.''

The collaboration between Garden and the Chaser stems from 2009, when Andrew Hansen was MC during a series of gigs with Garden and Brooke-Taylor. ''The whole thing grew out of Andrew's dream come true of hosting that tour,'' says the show's executive producer, Julian Morrow.

''We got talking after those shows,'' says Hansen, who appears as a regular panellist. ''Graeme said, 'We've got this radio show, I was thinking maybe we could make one in Australia'. So I said, 'We don't make comedy radio shows in Australia, there's no such thing, you'd have to make it as a TV show.'

''He said, 'Maybe we could do that. Do you know of any production companies in Australia that might be interested in something like that?' I had a long think about how to respond and then very cheekily said, 'Well, we've got a little production company …'''

Morrow laughs. ''That's the thing I find most amazing,'' he says. ''Andrew is the least entrepreneurial, least business-savvy person on the planet. When Andrew rang and said, 'I think I might have just teed up a little deal with Graeme from the Goodies', I said, 'Are you serious?' I thought it wasn't true, that Andrew had misinterpreted a conversation.''

But true it turned out to be, as Morrow, Hansen and Reucassel were lured from the ABC to Channel Seven to make the project.

During the taping that The Guide attends, host Reucassel is joined by Hansen, Gay, Saleh and the Umbilical Brothers's David Collins. At one point, there is a dispute about a claim. Is it true? Or is it a lie? Confusion reigns.

''The Chasers,'' Collins says. ''Where near enough is always good enough.''

''You're making us sound better than we are,'' Hansen replies.

Shooting the show in front of a live studio audience creates an unpredictable energy. The crowd is in stitches when Saleh's monologue descends into anarchic improvisation. Much of the comedy is surreal. Especially the comedy from the audience.

''Anyone got any questions for Craig?'' the floor manager asks the audience during a break. ''Yeah, can I have a sandwich?'' someone asks. ''I was told there would be sandwiches.''

The game resumes. After another surreal monologue, Reucassel chastises Saleh. ''You lose a point,'' he says. ''What do you win on this show anyway?'' Saleh shoots back. ''Nothing.''

Not true. You earn the coveted title of Australia's funniest liar. And that takes a lot of work. Dishonesty is anything but effortless.

''Oh yes,'' Garden says. ''You couldn't ad lib this.''

The Unbelievable Truth

Seven, Thursdays, 9.30pm


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Australian TV version of 'The Unbelievable Truth' starts next Thursday, 11 Oct
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British ComedyThanks to Graeme Garden for the news that the Australian television version of 'The Unbelievable Truth' starts on Channel 7 next Thursday 11 Oct at 9.30pm.   

Let us know if you spot any publicity for the series!

Posted by lisa at 02/10/2012 20:01 GMT
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Newsletter from I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (2 Oct 2012)
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British ComedyHere is the 2 October 2012 edition of the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue newsletter:

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From: newsletter@randomentertainment.co.uk
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2012


ISIHAC NEWSLETTER

Dear I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Mailing List Member

Here are details of the second and third recording in the Autumn 2012 series of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue”:

The recordings will take place as follows:

1. Wednesday 31st October at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. It will be a double recording of the show (e.g. 2 programmes will be recorded) for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets will cost £9, £7 and £5 respectively, and are obtainable from 10.00am on Tuesday 16th October via the Birmingham Symphony Hall’s Box Office, telephone: 0121 780 3333, or online via the theatre’s website at http://www.thsh.co.uk

For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is the Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA.The Box Office opening times are 10am till 8pm (normal opening times are 10am till 6pm Mon - Sat and 12pm - 4pm Sundays time extended on concert nights).

The recording starts at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.30pm. Tickets will be limited to a strict maximum of 4 per applicant – by whatever booking system. Demand for tickets is very great, so you are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment, and you should allow for queue waiting times for the Box Office, either by ‘phone or in person, to be longer than usual.

2. Thursday 22nd November at the Charter Theatre in Preston. Again, it will be a double recording of the show for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets will cost £9, £7 and £5 respectively, and are obtainable from 10.00am on Monday 15th October via the Charter Theatre’s Box Office, telephone: 0844 844 7714, or online via the theatre’s website at www.prestonguildhall.com

For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is the Charter Theatre, Lancaster Road, Preston PR1 1HT. The Box Office opening times are 10am-8pm (Mon-Sat).

Again, the recording starts at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.30pm. Tickets will be limited to a strict maximum of 4 per applicant – by whatever booking system. Demand for tickets is very great, so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

I will be writing again in a due course to announce details of a special 40th Anniversary Christmas show we’ll be recording in December.

Also, our brand you new “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” book, released to celebrate this year’s Anniversary, will be published in two days time on Thursday 4th October. Entitled “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue – The Best of 40 Years”, it’s a substantial 288 tome, packed with highlights from the show as well as full colour photos and illustrations. We think it’s our best yet. It features a foreword by Stephen Fry and retails at £20 – or £14.46 on Amazon. Here’s a link to it via our website (where you can order a copy on Amazon): www.isihac.net

If you’re planning ahead for Christmas, I’m sure the team would be pleased to sign a copy after one of the recordings.

With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

Posted by lisa at 02/10/2012 17:49 GMT
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"Little Howard's Big Question" repeat / STV player link for The Chase with Bill
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British Comedy* Bill Oddie appeared in ITV's The Chase - Celebrity Edition on 30th September.  Viewers in the UK can see the episode online at http://player.stv.tv/programmes/the-chase/2012-09-30-1840/

* Tim Brooke-Taylor's appearance in "Little Howard's Big Question" (in the episode "Why Do Things Have to Die?") will be repeated on CBBC tomorrow, Weds, Oct 3rd, at 12:10pm.

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Daily Mail article with "ISIHAC: Best of 40 Years" book extracts
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British ComedyThe Daily Mail provides extracts from the forthcoming book "I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue: The Best of Forty Years" in an article at the following link.  The book will be published in the UK on 4 October 2012.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2207655/The-gloriously-groan-worthy-gags-40-years-Radio-4s-Im-Sorry-I-Havent-A-Clue.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Posted by lisa at 24/09/2012 15:19 GMT
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ISIRTA and "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Christmas Carol" repeats on BBC iPlayer
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British ComedyJust learned that "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Christmas Carol", the 2008 "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" Christmas special, is included in BBC Radio 4 Extra's "Comedy Winners Episode 2" which will be available on the BBC iPlayer until this Saturday at 10pm UK time.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007s0q0/Comedy_Winners_Comedy_Winners_Episode_2/

This week's ISIRTA repeat can be found on the iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00s3htw/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_3_Episode_6/

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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Newsletter - September 2012
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British ComedyHere is the latest official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Newsletter.

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ISIHAC NEWSLETTER

Dear I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Mailing List Member

Here are details of the first recording in the Autumn 2012 series of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” in this its 40th Anniversary Year:

The recording will take place on Wednesday 10th October at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable. It will be a double recording of the show (e.g. 2 programmes will be recorded) for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets will cost £9, £7 and £5 respectively, and are obtainable from 9.30am on Friday 14th September via the Grove Theatre’s Box Office, telephone: 01582 602080 (selecting option 7 to speak to an adviser), or online via the theatre’s website at www.grovetheatre.co.uk

For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is the Grove Theatre, Grove House Gardens, Court Drive, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU5 4GP, however, you should be aware that there is no physical admittance to the Box Office until 10am.

The recording starts at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.30pm. Tickets will be limited to a strict maximum of 4 per applicant – by whatever booking system. Demand for tickets is very great, so you are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment, and you should allow for queue waiting times for the Box Office, either by ‘phone or in person, to be longer than usual.

The standard box office opening hours are Monday to Friday, 10am - 5.00pm, Saturdays 10am – 2pm - but it remains open until 15 minutes after a show starts on performance days. (Please note the earlier time for ‘phone and website bookings on the 14th September – *specifically* for this performance).

I will be writing again in a few weeks time to announce the final two recordings in the 58th Series of the show, together with details of a special 40th Anniversary Christmas show we’ll be recording in December.

In other news, early next month sees the publication of a new “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” book to celebrate this year’s Anniversary. Entitled “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue – The Best of 40 Years”, it’s a substantial 288 page tome, packed with highlights from the show as well as full colour photos and illustrations. We think it’s our best yet. It features a foreword by Stephen Fry and retails at £20 – or £14.46 on Amazon. Here’s a link to it via our website (where you can Pre-Order a copy on Amazon): www.isihac.net/merchandise

I’m sure the team would be pleased to sign a copy after one of the recordings.

Finally, I’ve been asked by regular Clue panellist Tony Hawks to draw your attention to the film he’s made of his best-selling book “Playing The Moldovans At Tennis” which you can buy or stream at this website: www.moldovansmovie.com

As you’ll see, Tony is donating every penny of profit to the Tony Hawks Centre for children with cerebral palsy in Chisinau, Moldova. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a very worthy cause.
With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

Posted by lisa at 07/09/2012 15:23 GMT
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Listen Again link for repeat of "The Unbelievable Truth" with Graeme
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British ComedyHere's the iPlayer link for The Unbelievable Truth series 2 episode 5 with Graeme which was repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra earlier today.  This is a repeat of an episode which originally was broadcast in 2008):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00bvsvw/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_2_Episode_5/

Posted by lisa at 06/09/2012 21:21 GMT
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"I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: the Best of Forty Years" to be released in October
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British ComedyThe book "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: the Best of Forty Years" is scheduled to be released in October and will feature material from the show's stars including Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Barry Cryer.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1848093926/



Posted by lisa at 02/09/2012 04:42 GMT
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iPlayer link for this week's BBC Radio 4 Extra ISIRTA repeat
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British ComedyIn this week's BBC Radio 4 Extra repeat of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again", Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, John Cleese, Jo Kendall, and David Hatch tell their version of the story of Ali Baba. The show was originally broadcast in April 1966.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b008m22m/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_3_Episode_3/

Posted by lisa at 31/08/2012 21:35 GMT
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forthcoming ISIHAC 40th anniversary book and "Behind the Sofa" book
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British ComedyThanks to Andrew Williams for these news items:

Amazon UK is listing the hardcover book "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: the Best of Forty Years" for pre-order.  According to the website, it will be 288 pages and published by Century on 4th October.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Im-Sorry-Havent-Clue-Forty/dp/1848093926/

Also, the "Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who" book previously only available through a specific website is also getting a  general paperback release (200 pages, Matador, 27th September).  This includes a reminiscence by Bill. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Behind-Sofa-Celebrity-Memories-Doctor/dp/1780882858/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344317175&sr=1-1

For those who may have missed it, "I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue" Volume 14 was released on 29 March 2012.  According to Amazon (at http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1408427303/):

These are four more extended episodes from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series specially compiled by producer Jon Naismith. This thirteenth collection of the antidote to panel games finds Jack Dee giving regular panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do - along with special guests Jeremy Hardy, Sandi Toksvig, Rob Brydon and David Mitchell. Highlights include "Uxbridge English Dictionary", "One Song to the Tune of Another", "Sound Charades", "Historical Voicemail", "Bankers' Film Club", "Sound Effects Storytime", "Party Guests", "84 Chicken Cross Road", "Trail of the Lonesome Pun", "Greetings Cards", "Unseen Prequels" and, of course, "Mornington Crescent". So get ready to laugh out loud as the gang indulge in more wonderful wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha, who's always ready for a quick score. "Risky, rude, brilliantly written and superbly performed". (The Judges, Sony Radio Academy Awards).

Posted by lisa at 07/08/2012 05:37 GMT
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BBC iPlayer link for 30 July episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue"
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British ComedyHere is the link for today's (30 June) new episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue":

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01l7qxc/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_57_Episode_6/

Posted by lisa at 30/07/2012 20:51 GMT
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iPlayer link for 23 July episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue"
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British ComedyHere's the iPlayer link for today's new episode of I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01l04l5/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_57_Episode_5/

Posted by lisa at 23/07/2012 19:20 GMT
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BBC iPlayer link for 16 July 2012 episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue"
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British ComedyHere is the link for the series 57 episode 4 episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" from 16 July 2012 :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01ks3v9/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_57_Episode_4/

Posted by lisa at 16/07/2012 21:11 GMT
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Player link for ISIHAC series 57 episode 3 from 9 July 2012
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British ComedyHere's the BBC iPlayer link for series 57, episode 3:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01kjs1b/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_57_Episode_3/

Posted by lisa at 11/07/2012 17:22 GMT
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two ISIRTA repeats on the BBC iPlayer this week
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British Comedy* This week's ISIRTA repeat, series 2 episode 5, is now available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00qpjy6/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_S
eries_2_Episode_5/



* There's a bonus episode of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" this week as part of "Comedy Greats: Overseas" in which Barry Cryer presents shows which were adapted by the BBC Transcription Office for broadcast overseas.  A 1966 episode of ISIRTA is included; due to the theme of this "Comedy Greats" show it is the edited Transcription Services version which is preceded by a short clip which had been edited out from the original version (the intro to Bill's song "Rhubarb Tart Blues".

The ISIRTA episode begins at 2 hours 31 minutes 20 seconds into the show at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01kjsg3/Comedy_Greats_Overseas/

Posted by lisa at 11/07/2012 17:20 GMT
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BBC iPlayer link for 2nd July episode of ISIHAC
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British ComedyToday's new episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" is now available on the BBC iPlayer at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01k9qc1/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_57_Episode_2/

Posted by lisa at 02/07/2012 19:09 GMT
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"Stand Up for Slapstick" fundraiser a success
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British ComedyThe Stand Up for Slapstick fundraiser, which was created to raise funds for running the 2013 Slapstick Festival, successfully raised more than £10,000. An article at http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/Comedians-stand-save-Slapstick-Festival/story-16460069-detail/story.html (see below) includes quotes from Graeme, who suggested the fundraiser.


The Slapstick Festival's flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slapstickfest/7447443734/) has a nice group photo of Boothby Graffoe, Lucy Porter, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Chris Daniels, Marcus Brigstocke, Ronnie Golden and Rory Bremner at Stand Up For Slapstick.


Here's a cut & paste of the article:

Comedians stand up and save Slapstick Festival

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A BENEFIT night starring some of the country's best-known comedians has raised more than £10,000 for the city's Slapstick Festival.

The festival of silent comedy, which takes place in January, has been running for eight years. This year some 5,000 people gathered for silent films presented by names such as Griff Rhys Jones, Ian Lavender and Bill Oddie.


But its future was thrown into doubt when Bristol City Council had to withdraw funding.

Rather than see the demise of such a unique event festival patron Graeme Garden stepped in to invite a host of comedians including Barry Cryer, Rory Bremner, Marcus Brigstocke and Lucy Porter to stand up and help raise funds.

The star-studded night Stand Up for Slapstick took place at Colston Hall on Sunday and the funds raised mean it can continue for another year.

Mr Garden, who first shot to fame as a member of The Goodies, said: "'Every one of our stand-out stand up line-up who stood up for Slapstick was hilarious and the audience loved them all. I was delighted with the way the event was run, and especially by the eagerness of today's comedians to support the Slapstick Festival. They will be thrilled to hear that the money they helped raise will save Bristol's unique annual tribute to visual and silent comedy."

Festival organiser Chris Daniels said: "Without this fundraiser we could not have been able to put on a festival next year. This event means it can go ahead but we still need to secure ongoing support and sponsorship. We're not out of the woods yet but this brings us significantly closer to covering our shortfall."

Mr Garden became involved with the festival a few years ago after Mr Daniels found out about his love for silent comedy.

"A few years ago Chris got in touch with me asking me to get involved with the festival," he said. "I think he'd read somewhere I liked Buster Keaton. I fobbed him off for a few years but he was quite persistent.

"I came and presented some Buster Keaton films. And then I did some talks on Harry Langdon, a comedian I liked but didn't know a lot about, and Charley Chase, who I knew nothing of. I slowly became seduced into this world and am now the patron."

The stand up night saw comedy greats such as Barry Cryer and Arthur Smith take to the stage compered by Marcus Brigstocke.

Mr Brigstocke said: "Stand up for slapstick gig was a delight. The audience were so generous with their laughter and applause – the line up was a pleasure to introduce. The Colston Hall was a perfect venue – Bristol will always be my second home – the cause we were raising money for was a proper good'un and the backstage nibbles were nomulent. All in all a perfect end to a glorious weekend... Oh and no football – yippee."

Next year's Slapstick Festival takes place in Bristol at the Colston Hall and other venues between January 23 and 27. The programme will be announced in September at www.slapstick.org.uk.


Posted by lisa at 28/06/2012 21:07 GMT
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BBC iPlayer link for NEW (25 June) episode of ISIHAC
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British ComedyHere is the link for yesterday's (25 June) episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" series 57 episode 1 (the start of the newest series)!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01k1ngt/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_57_Episode_1/

Posted by lisa at 26/06/2012 15:02 GMT
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tweet from Graeme Garden about this Sunday's Slapstick fundraiser
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British ComedyPassing along this tweet from Graeme Garden about this Sunday's fundraiser for the Slapstick festivals (http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3029)

"Sunday! Some extra tkts now available for Stand Up for Slapstick, Bristol. Bremner Brigstocke Cryer Porter Smith & co" pic.twitter.com/EKh9RnEr

Posted by lisa at 21/06/2012 21:34 GMT
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Stand Up for Slapstick! Fundraiser- Bristol 24th June
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British ComedyThanks to Jenny for this news:

Just to remind everyone that The annual Slapstick Festival in Bristol is having a Stand-up comedy evening at Colston Hall in Bristol on 24th June. (Next Sunday!)  To help raise funds for the festival.

Tickets are still available. Go to http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3029[/url] to order yours. 

Show starts at 7.30pm.

Graeme also tweeted this article via twitter....

Bristol June 24th. 'Comics stand up to save a festival celebrating the stars of silent movies.' The Observer http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/jun/17/bristol-slapstick-festival-funding?newsfeed=true

Posted by lisa at 18/06/2012 20:09 GMT
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ISIRTA repeats return to BBC Radio 4 Extra
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British ComedyThanks to all the fans (especially Jenny and Kimba) for the news that BBC Radio 4 Extra is repeating "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again", the 1960's radio sketch comedy series which starred all three Goodies along with John Cleese, David Hatch, and Jo Kendall.

They're starting with the early shows - Series 2 Episode 1 is now available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009zbr2

Posted by lisa at 18/06/2012 20:00 GMT
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The Unbelievable Truth recordings at the Edinburgh Fringe
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British Comedy"The Unbelievable Truth", the show produced by Graeme Garden's Random Entertainment, will be recording shows at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe on August 13th (http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/bbc-the-unbelievable-truth). 

Ticket will be awarded by a random draw.  To sign up for tickets for the 3:15pm and/or 5pm shows, use the links below.

FOR THE 3:15PM SHOW: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/date/shows/edfest12_unbelievable_20120813a


FOR THE 5:00PM SHOW: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/date/shows/edfest12_unbelievable_20120813b

Posted by lisa at 15/06/2012 20:46 GMT
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Graeme on "The Unbelievable Truth" Monday, 23 April
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British ComedyGraeme will be making his second appearance in the current series of "The Unbelievable Truth" today (Monday, 23 April) on BBC Radio 4 at 18:30.  The show will be available on the BBC iPlayer about an hour after the broadcast; it also will be repeated on Radio 4 at noon on Sunday.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01gf5wk

The episode is now available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01gf5wk/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_9_Episode_4/

Posted by lisa at 23/04/2012 06:07 GMT
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Graeme Garden interview from Radio Bristol yesterday (11 April)
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British ComedyGraeme Garden appeared on BBC Radio Bristol yesterday together with Bristol Slapstick's Chris Daniels to promote an upcoming fundraiser for the Bristol Slapstick Festival.

The interview can be heard from the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00qcfj3 (it begins with Chris at 12:12 into the show; Graeme joins at 16:11).

The fundraiser - "Stand up for Slapstick with Rory Bremner, Marcus Brigstocke and friends" will take place at Colston Hall in Bristol on the evening of Sunday, 24 June.  According to the event's website, the line-up of performers "includes comedian, writer and actor Marcus Brigstocke, satirical impressionist Rory Bremner and the deliciously funny Lucy Porter rubbing shoulders with the inimitable comedian, compere and playwright Arthur Smith and one of our greatest comic writers, the unchallenged King of the One-Liner Barry Cryer. With more special guests to be confirmed, book early to avoid disapointment!"

Tickets are on sale from http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event3029 or by calling Colston Hall's box office at 0117 922 3686

Posted by lisa at 12/04/2012 15:11 GMT
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BBC Radio 4 repeating "Spy Nozy and the Poets" with Graeme
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British ComedyBBC Radio 4 repeated the play "Spy Nozy and the Poets" (in which Graeme has a role) earlier today; the show will be broadcast again this evening at 21:15.

The show is already available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007jvty/Spy_Nozy_and_the_Poets/

Posted by lisa at 11/04/2012 17:14 GMT
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Graeme Garden on "The Matt Lucas Awards" tomorrow night (10 April)
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British ComedyFor viewers in the UK: Graeme Garden will be appearing on BBC One's "The Matt Lucas Awards" tomorrow night (Tues, 10 April). The show begins at 22:35.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01g7r4l

A preview of the show, link provided by Roderick H.h on the Goodies Facebook Page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRpX21U0rFY

Posted by lisa at 09/04/2012 14:42 GMT
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The Unbelievable Truth Series 9 Episode 1 (with Graeme)
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British Comedy"The Unbelievable Truth" started a new series on BBC Radio 4 this week.  The first episode, with Graeme in the cast, can be heard from the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01f5hp9/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_9_Episode_1/

Posted by lisa at 05/04/2012 16:37 GMT
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Graeme Garden to appear in episode 1 of "The Matt Lucas Awards"
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British ComedyAccording to http://www.televisual.com/news-detail/Matt-Lucas-first-show-from-John-Stanley-Productions-_nid-1366.html , Graeme will be appearing in the first episode of the new series "The Matt Lucas Awards", which will air on the BBC this spring.

Here's a cut & paste from that page:

Matt Lucas' first show from John Stanley Productions

News
Staff Reporter, 18 March 2012


The BBC has confirmed that Matt Lucas’ new TV series The Matt Lucas Awards, the first production from Matt Lucas’ new production company John Stanley Productions, will air this spring.

The six-part panel show, made with the BBC, is a TV version of Lucas’ Radio 2 show And the Winner Is. In each episode, a small number of guests nominate people, places, songs and films to win the Lucas awards in the shape of a gold miniature naked Matt Lucas.

The awards are given out in Matt’s flat, where he is joined by his own mum and on keyboards by the renowned film composer David Arnold (five James Bond films, Independence Day) in front of a live studio audience.

In episode one, the guests are comedian Jason Manford, former Goodie Graeme Garden and German stand-up Henning Wehn. Future guests include Ruth Jones, Louis Walsh, Johnny Vegas, David Baddiel, Griff Rhys Jones, Richard Madeley and Maureen Lipman.

A pilot for the show was recorded last year,  with executive producer Mark Freeland and  Matt Lucas, producers Ashley Blaker and Alex Hardcastle, with director Alex Hardcastle.

For a clip from the series see http://www.televisual.com/news-detail/Matt-Lucas-first-show-from-John-Stanley-Productions-_nid-1366.html .


Posted by lisa at 19/03/2012 15:05 GMT
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review of "An Audience with Tim Brooke-Taylor" at Cardiff's New Theatre
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British ComedyFollowing is a review of "An Audience with Tim Brooke-Taylor" at Cardiff's New Theatre; this review appears online at http://cardiffian.jomec.co.uk/article/brooke-taylor-delivers-goodie-new-theatre

Note that tickets for the next Audience with TBT at the Perth (Scotland) Festival of Arts on 26 May go on sale on 26 March from http://www.perthfestival.co.uk/event/tim-brooke-taylor/


Brooke-Taylor delivers a Goodie at the New Theatre

Former Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor lit up Cardiff's New Theatre with a night of witty banter and reflection on his long show business career.
Article | March 6, 2012 - 11:09am | By Cian Murray


What do John Cleese, Orson Welles and Alexander Armstrong all have in common?

The answer is they have all worked with comic actor Tim Brooke Taylor and if the good humoured questions and answers session held in Cardiff's New Theatre is anything to go by, they would all have greatly enjoyed the experience.

The event began with former BBC presenter Chris Searle discussing Brooke-Taylor's college years and his foray into theatre. The witty interactions coupled with some genuine nostalgia reminded the audience why Brooke-Taylor was, and in many cases still is, adored by lovers of comedy.

Brooke-Taylor studied economics and Law in Cambridge but he told the audience his passion lay with making people laugh, ever since he inadvertently got a magic trick wrong and left his classmates in hysterical laughter. This love of comedy sent Brooke-Taylor to the Cambridge Footlights university theatre society.

It was with Footlights Brooke-Taylor met John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Graham Chapman and Jonathan Lynn. Together the group toured the world with the Cambridge Circus. Brooke-Taylor, who was recently made an OBE, remembered this time with great affection although he did maintain that he did not believe it would lead to a career in comedy.

But Brooke-Taylor was always made for a show business career. He told the audience how the headmaster had written on one of his school reports: "If he fails his A-Levels, a career in musical comedy does not look unlikely."

His headmaster wasn't too far off the mark as Brooke-Taylor did make a splash in comedy, initially with At Last the 1948 Show, starring John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Marty Feldman, and then more famously with The Goodies.

As clips from Brooke-Taylor's various performances were shown amid questions from Searle, you couldn't help but feel like you were in the presence of a true comedy great. Brooke-Taylor's wit in describing how the BBC thought Marty Feldman's eyes might be too bizarre for television gave the event a relaxed, conversational mood.

Brooke-Taylor also touched on shows from later on in his career such as I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue, during which he said he saw Jack Dee as the perfect replacement for Humphrey Lyttelton, and his brief time working on One Foot in the Grave. He also touched on hisbrief time working with the difficult Orson Welles and on ill-fated medical drama TLC with Alexander Armstrong.

Brooke-Taylor told all his stories in his typically zany manner and concluded a wonderful evening with an audience discussion in which he shared his time generously with everyone.

Clearly, the audience were knowledgeable of Brooke-Taylor and in return he gave them their money's worth.


Posted by lisa at 12/03/2012 19:50 GMT
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Comedy Guide article: "Tim Brooke-Taylor to host new animal-based BBC comedy sho
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British ComedyThe following article appears online at http://www.comedy.co.uk/news/story/00000774/tim_brooketaylor_hosts_everyone_loves_animals/

Tim Brooke-Taylor to host new animal-based BBC comedy show
Friday 9th March 2012 @ 2:50pm

Tim Brooke-Taylor is to take on his first major TV comedy project since The Goodies. The comedian will present a new family-orientated series called Everyone Loves Animals.

The six-part studio-based series will be presented as a spoof news programme featuring amusing animal-based clips which are packaged and presented as news stories.

Tim Brooke-Taylor, who still regularly appears on Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, will anchor the show, with assistance from a 'dog'. The 'newshound' will be played by a yet-to-be-named comic actor.

The duo will offer their differing perspectives on news from the animal kingdom. "From criminal cats to piano playing pugs, this is the news as you've never seen it before."

Tim Brooke-Taylor says: "When I was presented with the idea of this show I thought 'this sounds good'. Believe me it's much, much better than that. The only problem I have is being upstaged by very, very funny animals."

The show will be made by Talkback, the production company behind shows such as QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Celebrity Juice. Dan Baldwin, the company's Managing Director, comments: "As a nation of animal lovers, this series will get the whole family laughing, including your pets. It's the perfect teatime comedy treat. We're delighted with the commission and we're thrilled that Tim Brooke-Taylor has agreed to host this."

BBC commissioner Karl Warner adds: "We're really pleased to be working with Talkback on this new BBC1 series and we think it will offer a fresh take on a well-loved area for Saturday tea time."

Everyone Loves Animals will be broadcast on Saturday evenings later this spring.


Posted by lisa at 09/03/2012 15:55 GMT
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UK only: BBC iPlayer links for "MasterChef" and "The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff"
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British ComedyBecause these are television shows, the BBC iPlayer replays should only be available to people in the UK.

* Graeme's appearance in the third episode of "The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff" (available on the iPlayer until 8:59PM Mon, 12 Mar 2012):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b018nnkv/The_Bleak_Old_Shop_of_Stuff_Series_1_Episode_3/


* Bill and Tim's appearance on "MasterChef" (available on the iPlayer until 9:59PM Thu, 22 Mar 2012):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01d8nz6/MasterChef_Series_8_Episode_12/

Posted by lisa at 08/03/2012 20:24 GMT
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Chortle article about new series with Tim
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British ComedyThanks to Jenny for the link to this Chortle article:
http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2012/03/08/15004/its_tim_bark-taylor


It's Tim Bark-Taylor
Goodies star for BBC One animal show

Tim Brooke-Taylor is to front a new spoof news bulletin about animals, in what will be his first major TV comedy since the Goodies.

He will act as the newsreader for the six half-hour episodes, due to go out on BBC One at Saturday teatime.

Provisionally titled, Everyone Loves Animals, it will feature funny clips from the animal world.

He will be assisted by a sidekick dog, or 'newshound’. Stand-up Charlie Baker voiced the canine quipster in a not-for-broadcast pilot made last year, by Talkback will cast someone else now it is going to air, trade magazine Broadcast reports.

Producer Dan Baldwin said: 'As a nation of animal lovers, this series will get the whole family laughing.'


Posted by lisa at 08/03/2012 20:23 GMT
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ISIRTA episode in BBC Radio 4 Extra's "2's Comedy"
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British Comedy2's comedy, which aired on BBC Radio 4 Extra this past Saturday, includes a 1968 episode of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again".  Hear Tim, Graeme, Bill, and the rest of the cast tell the story of "Bunny and Claude".  (The ISIRTA episode starts at 2 hours 2 minutes and 52 seconds into the show).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007zzsn

Posted by lisa at 08/03/2012 17:41 GMT
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Philip Madoc, RIP
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British ComedyPhilip Madoc, who appeared in The Goodies episode 'South Africa' (and also in the classic comedy "Dad's Army), has passed away aged 77.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-17255287

Posted by lisa at 05/03/2012 16:06 GMT
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The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff tonight, 5 March (hopefully with Graeme!)
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British ComedyThe final part of "The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff" airs tonight on BBC Two at 20:30.  I think Graeme's appearance will be in this episode.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018nnkv

Posted by lisa at 05/03/2012 16:05 GMT
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"Pointless Celebrities" with Bill on BBC iPlayer (available to UK only)
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British ComedyThanks to Jenny_Gibbon for this info:

"Bill was on Pointless Celebrities last night (Sat,3rd March). It's now available on the iPlayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01d8rk0/ "

Note that TV shows on the BBC iPlayer are only available to viewers in the UK.

Posted by lisa at 05/03/2012 04:22 GMT
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Graeme interview from BBC Radio Oxford today (2 March)
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British ComedyThanks to the Saucy Gibbon forum for this news: Graeme Garden's interview on BBC Radio Oxford from earlier today is now on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00p03d6 (it starts at 1hr 15min in the show)

Graeme is talking about the "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" show for charity which is being held on Monday, March 5th at the New Theatre, Oxford (tickets available from http://www.atgtickets.com/I-m-Sorry-I-Haven-t-a-Clue-Tickets/245/1942/ )

Posted by lisa at 02/03/2012 19:35 GMT
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ISIHAC Spring 2012 series recordings
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British ComedyThe following is the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Newsletter from 28 February 2012.

ISIHAC NEWSLETTER

Dear I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Mailing List Member

Please find details of two more recording dates in the 57th Series of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue”.

The first will take place at The Swansea Grand Theatre on Sunday 3rd June. This is a double recording of the show for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets will cost £9, £7 and £5 respectively, and are obtainable from 9.30am on Thursday 15th March via Swansea Grand Theatre’s Box Office, telephone: 01792 475715. For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is Swansea Grand Theatre, Singleton Street, Swansea, SA1 3QJ. Please note there is no online box office facility.

The recording starts at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.30pm. Tickets will be limited to no more than 4 per applicant. You are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment.

The box office opening times are Monday to Saturday: 9.30am - 8.00pm (9.30am - 6.00pm on non-performance days). Sunday: Open for one hour before performances.

The second recording will take place at The Rose Theatre, Kingston, on Monday, 2 July. This is a double recording of the show for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets will cost £9, £7 and £5 respectively, and are obtainable from 9.00am on Wednesday 14th March via The Rose Theatre’s box office, telephone: 08444 821 556 or via their online box office http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org. For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the address is Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL.

The recording starts at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.30pm. Tickets will be limited to no more than 4 per applicant. You are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment.

The box office opening times are 10am - 8pm (6pm non-performance days) closed Sunday. However, as a special allowance, the box office will be open from 9am on Wednesday 14th March only.

Also, as we enter our 40th year, we’re embracing the digital age and are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new Clue website. From tomorrow (29th February), please visit www.isihac.net for full details about recordings, broadcasts and other Clue news, as well as photos, trivia, never before seen archive footage, and the long awaited complete collected rules of Mornington Crescent. www.isihac.net will also be the place to join in discussions about all aspects of the shows on our news message boards. We hope you’ll pay a visit and let us know what you think.

With best wishes,
Jon Naismith
Producer, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

Posted by lisa at 28/02/2012 15:17 GMT
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tickets for London recordings of "The Unbelievable Truth" (for BBC Radio 4)
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British ComedyThe BBC Tickets page is taking applications for the London-based recordings of "The Unbelievable Truth".  This will be the next series for BBC Radio 4.

Currently the bookings page says that Graeme is scheduled to be on the panel for the March 8th recording.

Tickets may be requested from the following page until Sunday, 26 February at 10pm (sorry for the short notice).  The page says that due to the popularity of the show there will be doing a random draw for tickets.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/shows/the_unbelievable_truth_mar12

Posted by lisa at 24/02/2012 17:22 GMT
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some Goodies on "MasterChef" (UK version) on March 7th
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British ComedyThe March 7th listing for BBC 1's MasterChef says "The heat is on for the remaining four amateur cooks as judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace ask them to tackle one of the hardest culinary disciplines - pastry. They head to the eclectic Sketch in central London where the contestants have two and a half hours to produce their own pastry masterpieces for a very special afternoon tea celebrating the best of 1970s comedy. The four must create one savoury and two sweet cakes for their guests, who include stars from The Goodies , Butterflies and Are You Being Served."

I believe Bill recently mentioned having taken part in a MasterChef recording with Tim (I'm sorry that I can't remember the article in which I read that), so I believe the Goodies guests will be the two of them.

Posted by lisa at 24/02/2012 15:18 GMT
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"The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff", possibly with Graeme, tonight
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British ComedyFor viewers in the UK: Graeme Garden will be appearing in "The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff", which starts a three episode run on BBC Two this evening at 20:30.  We don't know if Graeme will be in all the episodes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0195ngq

Posted by lisa at 20/02/2012 03:31 GMT
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tickets on sale for Graeme Garden & Barry Cryer at Laugharne Literary Festival
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British ComedyTickets have gone on sale for Graeme Garden & Barry Cryer's appearance at the Laugharne Literary Festival (in Carmarthenshire, Wales) on April 15th.  Tickets can be purchased from TicketWeb online (http://tinyurl.com/7xbum4z) or by calling 08444 771 000. Weekend tickets can also be purchased in person from Castle Stores in Laugharne.

More information about the festival is available from their website at http://www.thelaugharneweekend.com/

Posted by lisa at 14/02/2012 15:33 GMT
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"The Unbelievable Truth" with Graeme
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British Comedy From: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/television/the-chasers-switch-channels-to-seven-just-to-tell-a-few-fibs/story-e6frfmyi-1226263261373

The Chaser switches channels to Seven just to tell a few fibs

By Holly Byrnes
From: The Daily Telegraph
February 06, 2012 12:49AM

CALL it a ceasefire or an elaborate plan to bring down Channel 7 from within - a trio from The Chaser will begin filming a new comedy series this week for the network which once took them to court.
Craig Reucassel, Julian Morrow and Andrew Hansen have teamed up with The Goodies' Graeme Garden to bring his UK radio program The Unbelievable Truth to the small screen for Seven.

The comedy panel show, which films the first episode of 10 in Sydney tomorrow, challenges comedians and actors to tell a fabricated story but bluff the panel by including one bizarre truth.

The panel, which will include Morrow, Hansen, Garden and invited guests, must buzz in when they believe they can pick fact from fiction.

Reucassel, who will play host, said the partnership with their comic hero was "a great one we couldn't refuse".

"Over the years we knocked back commercial TV many times and the reason we are doing this is this is a show we want to do and they were keen on," he said. Brad Lyons, Seven's head of production said: "We were very excited when the guys brought it to Seven."

The Chaser's move on to commercial TV does not spell the end of their long-term relationship on the ABC.

Chas Licciardello and Chris Taylor are not involved in the Channel 7 series, with Licciardello to commentate for ABC24 on the upcoming US election.

* The online article features a recent photo of Graeme Garden and a separate one of the Chaser team. *

Posted by bretta at 05/02/2012 21:36 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Newsletter 3 February 2012
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British ComedyHere is an update from the official “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” newsletter.

ISIHAC NEWSLETTER

Dear I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Mailing List Member

Two items of news to report:

1. The first recording in the 57th Series of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” will take place in the Butterworth Hall at Warwick Arts Centre on Sunday 6th May. This is a double recording of the show for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets will cost £9, £7 and £5 respectively, and are obtainable from 10am on Monday 13th February via Warwick Arts Centre Box Office on 024 7652 4524 or online via the theatre website on www.warwickartscentre.co.uk.

We are appearing as part of the Stratford Literary Festival.

The recording starts at 7.30pm and will be finished around 10.30pm. Tickets will be limited to no more than 4 per applicant. You are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Warwick Arts Centre is part of the University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL. The box office opening times are 0930 – 2100 Monday to Saturday and 1400 – 2000 on Sundays.

2. We are delighted to announce that David Mitchell will appear as the guest at a special show in aid of the charity ENRYCH, on Monday 5th March at the New Theatre Oxford.

Apart from David, the cast will comprise the “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” regulars - Jack Dee, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Colin Sell.

The show is a “best off” featuring many of the shows most popular rounds. The start time is 7.30pm and the show will end around 10pm.

Ticket prices range from £21-£25 are currently available on 0844 847 1585 or via the theatre website on www.newtheatreoxford.org.uk

That's about it for now. We do hope to see you at one of the shows.

With best wishes,
Jon Naismith
Producer, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

Posted by lisa at 03/02/2012 15:52 GMT
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Official ticketing info for "The Unbelievable Truth" (Australia)
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British ComedyGraeme Garden has passed along an official announcement from the Australian production team for "The Unbelievable Truth" with details about tickets for Goodies fans, including the time and location of the recordings:


OFFICIAL:
The Unbelievable Truth news for Goodies fans

Hi All,

We are recording The Unbelievable Truth for Australian television! Graeme Garden has teamed up with Craig Ruecassel, Julian Morrow and Andrew Hansen from The Chaser to translate the hilarious radio show you know and love into televisual gold.

Because we love you, you get first dibs on tickets.  We are recording nine star-studded episodes in Sydney over the next three weeks so there are plenty of options.

Tickets are now available for the following dates:

WEEK 1 (NEXT WEEK):
Tuesday 7 Feb
Wednesday 8 Feb
Thursday 9 Feb

WEEK 2:
Wednesday 15 Feb
Thursday 16 Feb - Graeme Garden will be appearing on the show!!
Friday 17 Feb

We will continue releasing tickets as we go.

To make a booking, send an email to audience@giantdwarf.com.au.
Tickets are free and you can have as many as you like, as long as you let me know if the numbers change.  In return I'll send you confirmation of your booking, then a couple of days before the record I'll send you a reminder with all the final details.


UPDATE: Hot off the press: tickets for The Unbelievable Truth in Sydney are available to book here - http://unbelievabletruth.eventbrite.com/

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Address:
The show is recorded at Global Television Studios - 8 Central Avenue, Australian Technology Park (very close to Redfern train station)

Arrival time:
5:00pm.  We will have a drink and some bar snacks waiting for you

Age limit:
16 years old (negotiable)

First in best dressed.

I can't wait to hear from you!

Kind regards,

Penny Greenhalgh
PA - The Unbelievable Truth


Posted by lisa at 01/02/2012 01:09 GMT
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Update from Graeme about his "Unbelievable Truth" recording date
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British ComedyGraeme has written to say he'll be in the 16 Feb recording of "The Unbelievable Truth" in Australia, not the 9 Feb one as previously stated.

Posted by lisa at 30/01/2012 14:48 GMT
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Graeme on BBC Points West (as part of a segment about Slapstick 2012)
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British ComedyGraeme Garden is one of the people interviewed about the Slapstick 2012 Festival during a segment on BBC Points West from 26 January (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01b4hcf/BBC_Points_West_26_01_2012/). 

The segment starts at 20 minutes 24 seconds into the show (since this is a television show it may only be available to viewers in the UK).

Posted by lisa at 26/01/2012 21:59 GMT
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Graeme interview on BBC Bristol (26 January)
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British ComedyGraeme Garden was on BBC Bristol's Afternoon Show today (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00n0xd4) to talk about the Slapstick 2012 Festival (http://www.slapstick.org.uk/). The interview begins 12 minutes into the show.

Posted by lisa at 26/01/2012 20:51 GMT
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Tim interview on Radio Bristol to promote Slapstick 2012
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British ComedyThanks to Jenny and Isabell for the info that Tim Brooke-Taylor did an interview for Radio Bristol' "The Afternoon Show" today (25 Jan) to promote the Slapstick 2012 Festival. The interview can be heard from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00n0wwm starting 33 minutes 40 seconds into the show.

Posted by lisa at 25/01/2012 19:42 GMT
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Reminder: Slapstick 2012 starts next week!
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British ComedyA reminder that it's only a week until the first event of the Slapstick 2012 festival in Bristol, England - Graeme Garden in conversation with Kevin Brownlow about Buster Keaton.

Visit the Slapstick 2012 website (http://www.slapstick.org.uk/events.htm) for a full list of events, including "Bill Oddie's Top Comedy Moments" on Saturday, 28 Jan and Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, and Barry Cryer talking about early Keaton films on Sunday, 29 Jan.

Posted by lisa at 20/01/2012 14:30 GMT
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audience tickets for Australian "Unbelievable Truth" recordings
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British ComedyGraeme will be heading to Australia in February to work on a TV version of "The Unbelievable Truth" (the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show produced by his company, Random Entertainment).  I asked Graeme if audience tickets would be available for the recordings.  Here is his reply:

When we get the final green light (soon) the planned recording dates are Feb 7, 8, 9;  15 16 17;  21,22,23,24, and my recording will be on the 9th.

re Tickets, the producer replied to me:

"They should email audience@giantdwarf.com.au with a request for audience tickets. If they mention they're Goodies fans we'll make sure they get well treated..."

Hope to see some friendly faces there!

Graeme


The recordings will take place at Seven's building, Media City, 8 Central Avenue, Eveleigh (near Sydney).

Posted by lisa at 20/01/2012 12:23 GMT
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"The Unbelievable Truth" seires 8 episode 4 with Graeme (16 Jan 2012)
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British ComedyHere's the link for the latest episode of "The Unbelievable Truth", in which Graeme makes a return visit to the panel:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b019f8by/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_8_Episode_4/

Posted by lisa at 17/01/2012 03:22 GMT
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Graeme in "The Unbelievable Truth" Monday (and other shows)
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British ComedyFollowing is a list of upcoming shows that may be of interest to Goodies fans. It's advisable to check your local listings for details & to watch for schedule changes.  Let us know if you spot any other shows (this is always appreciated!). 


* Friday, 13 Jan - Bill appears in a repeat of "Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire" on Challenge at 13:00.

* Friday, 13 Jan - "Holby City" on Sony Entertainment TV at 18:45 (repeated later in the day and again on Mon, Jan 16th and Tues, Jan 17th) is a repeat of the episode "Best Laid Plans" with Graeme.

* Monday, 16 Jan - Graeme makes a second appearance in the new series of "The Unbelievable Truth" on BBC Radio 4 at 18:30, to be repeated the following Sunday at noon (and then again on BBC Radio 4 Extra the Monday the following Monday).

* Tues, 17 Jan - "What the Dickens?" on Sky Arts 1 is a repeat of the 2008 episode with Graeme.

* Mondays - "Hamish & Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea" - the second series is being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 23:45 (with additional airings Tuesday mornings).

* Mondays - "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" repeats of older episodes on RTE Choice at 09:06.


Please note: BBC RADIO SHOWS listed below can be heard online via each station's website (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 or www.bbc.co.uk/radio4extra) and then for a week after broadcast from the BBC iPlayer (aka Listen Again), www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer.  Radio shows on the iPlayer should be available for listening worldwide.

Posted by lisa at 12/01/2012 20:53 GMT
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Listen Again links for "The Unbelievable Truth" series 8 episodes 1 & 2
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British ComedyFor anyone who hasn't had a chance to hear it yet, please note that the first episode in the current series of "The Unbelievable Truth" (with Graeme on the panel) is available until Monday night (9 Jan) at 10:32pm (UK time) from 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b018g3nz/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_8_The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_8/

Episode 2, from this past Monday (with Mark Watson, Phill Jupitus, Ed Byrne and Henning When), is available at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b018wvmx/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_8_Episode_2/

Posted by lisa at 07/01/2012 19:37 GMT
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"Black Cinderella Two Goes East" repeat on BBC Radio 4 Extra
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British ComedyBBC Radio 4 Extra is repeating the radio panto "Black Cinderella Two Goes East", a 1978 production with all three Goodies in the cast along with Peter Cook, John Cleese, Jo Kendall, and others. The show is already available on the BBC iPlayer (at the link below) and will be broadcast on Radio 4 Extra again at 3am tomorrow morning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00g31bq/Black_Cinderella_Two_Goes_East/

Posted by lisa at 22/12/2011 16:38 GMT
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Slapstick 2012 announces partial schedule
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British ComedySlapstick 2012, the festival run by Bristol Silents and supported by the three Goodies, has announced part of their schedule for January 26-29, 2012.  According to the information at http://www.slapstick.org.uk/events.htm#  , the Goodies will be participating in the following events.  Please note that additional events are to be announced in the near future and that tickets for many events will go on sale later in the week.


Thursday, 26 Jan:

* BUSTER KEATON : Brownlow and Garden
    THURS 26 JAN 1740hrs £7/£5.20, Venue: Watershed

The first of two exceptional events dedicated to "The Great Stone Face", hosted by Oscar-winner Kevin Brownlow, here in conversation with fellow-enthusiast Graeme Garden (of The Goodies and  Sorry I Haven't a Clue).  Rare film illustrations recall Brownlow's meetings with Keaton in the 1960s, his restoration of The General, and collaboration with David Gill on the definitive Keaton documentary, A Hard Act to Follow.
Book: 0117 927 5100


Saturday, 28 Jan:

* GRAEME GARDEN ON CHARLEY CHASE
    SAT 28 JAN 1100hrs Venue: Arnolfini £7/£5.50

To say Charley Chase is one of the comic greats of all time is no exaggeration: this brilliantly inventive and prolific comedian contributed to over 300 films as writer, director, or actor (sometimes as all three) before his untimely death at the age of 46. Chase worked with almost every major name in early film comedy including Chaplin, Arbuckle, Lloyd, Laurel & Hardy, and the Three Stooges.  Chase made many comedy shorts in the twenties as a hugely popular comic/performer in his own right. Chase admirer, Goodie and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue panellist, Graeme Garden selects his favourite shorts from this period to reveal Chase at his finest and funniest. 
With live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.
Book: 0117 917 2300


* Bill Oddie's Top Comedy Momentsin conversation with Chris Serle
    SAT 28 JAN 1600hrs Venue: Watershed £7.60/£5.20

Whose first records were produced by George Martin, and who had two singles banned by the BBC? Who earned rave reviews on Broadway for his dancing?  Who rode on the back seat of the Goodies' tandem?  Who has been called 'Britain's best-known birdwatcher?' The answer to all of the above is...... Bill Oddie.

A national treasure, Bill Oddie was one third of UK's top comedy hit of the 70s - The Goodies and the UK's favourite wildlife presenter regularly fronting Springwatch and Autumnwatch.

Witty, Candid and unconventional Bill invites you to join him as he recounts his working relationships with some of the greatest comic talents of his generation, including John Cleese, Jonathan Miller and fellow Goodies whilst delighting us with his top onscreen comedy moments from the last century.  You can expect some Laurel & Hardy but otherwise Bill is not giving anything away in advance, and we don’t blame him!  A fascinating insight into the comic influences of this unique comic performer.
Book: 0117 927 5100


Sunday, 29 Jan:
*BUSTER KEATON: YOUNG KEATON (U)


SUNDAY 29 JAN 1400hrs Venue: Arnolfini £8.00/£6.00 Concs & Bristol Silents Members

Between 1919 and 1922 Buster Keaton completed 22 comedy shorts. Many feel this was the most prolific and productive period of his life and festival patrons and Keaton admirers Bill, Tim, Barry and Ian have each selected a short to reveal Keaton at his freshest, most spontaneous and inventive. Films include THE BOAT (1921) and THE SCARECROW (1920). Featuring live musical accompaniment by members of the European Silent Screen Virtuosi.
Book: 0117 917 2300

Posted by lisa at 29/11/2011 05:21 GMT
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Listen Again link for ISIHAC Series 56 Episode 3 (28 Nov 2011)
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British ComedyI'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Series 56 Episode 3, which was broadcast earlier today (28 Nov), is now available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b017m14y/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_56_Episode_3/

Episode 2 is still available from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b017cb10/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_56_Episode_2/

Posted by lisa at 28/11/2011 12:58 GMT
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BBC iPlayer link for Bill on "Would I Lie to You?" (25 Nov 2011)
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British ComedyFor viewers in the UK, the iPlayer link for "Would I Lie to You" with Bill from Friday evening: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b017smql/Would_I_Lie_to_You_Series_5_Episode_9/

Posted by lisa at 27/11/2011 19:29 GMT
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ISIHAC series 56 episode 1 (14 Nov 2011)
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British ComedyToday's new episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (series 56, episode 1) is now available on the BBC iPlayer at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0174dzy/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_56_Episode_1/

Posted by lisa at 14/11/2011 20:24 GMT
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new series of ISIHAC starts next Monday, 14 Nov (and other shows)
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British ComedyFollowing is a list of upcoming shows that may be of interest to Goodies fans. It's advisable to check your local listings for details & to watch for schedule changes.  Let us know if you spot any other shows (this is always appreciated!)

Please note: BBC RADIO SHOWS listed below can be heard online via each station's website (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 or www.bbc.co.uk/radio4extra) and then for a week after broadcast from the BBC iPlayer (aka Listen Again), www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer.  Radio shows on the iPlayer should be available for listening worldwide.


* Mondays starting 14 November - NEW SERIES of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" on BBC Radio 4 at 18:30, with each repeated the following Sunday at noon. 

    Here's a listing for the first episode, "Radio 4's antidote to panel games returns for its 56th series with regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden plus Jeremy Hardy on the panel and its reluctant chairman Jack Dee. The series starts its run at Guildford's brand new venue G-Live. Regular listeners will know to expect inspired nonsense, pointless revelry and Colin Sell at the piano."


* Mondays - The Goodies is being repeated on The Comedy Channel Australia on Mondays at 10:00am, with the next episode being "Winter Olympics" on 14 Nov.
Watch http://www.thecomedychannel.com.au/WhatsOn/Detail.aspx?id=211 for info about upcoming episodes.


* Mondays - "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" repeats of older episodes on RTE Choice at 09:06.


* Thurs, 17 Nov - a repeat of Graeme's appearance on "Murder Most Horrid" on GOLD at 02:30.


* Mon, 21 Nov - "Hamish & Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea" - the first episode of series 1 ("The Musical Evening") is repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 23:45.


* for the Barry Cryer fans: Weds, 16 Nov - "The Story of Music Hall with Michael Grade" on BBC 4 at 19:30.  In this documentary, "Michael Grade traces the raucous history of the music hall in a revelatory journey that takes him from venues such as Wilton's Music Hall in London to Glasgow's once-famous Britannia. Talking to enthusiasts and performers, Lord Grade discovers the origins of this uniquely British form of entertainment and revisits some of the great acts and impresarios, from Charles Morton and George Leybourne to Bessie Bellwood and Marie Lloyd. Featuring Jo Brand and Alexei Sayle, with performances from Barry Cryer and many more, Grade hears about dudes, swells, mashers and serio-comics and hears how, in many a house, no turn was left unstoned."

Posted by lisa at 11/11/2011 17:30 GMT
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repeat of Tim narrated Radio 4 show / repeat of Graeme on Holby City
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British Comedy* BBC Radio 4 repeated "A Family Business: The Chaplin Legacy", which is narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, on Saturday.  The show is currently available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00x3y28/A_Family_Business_The_Chaplin_Legacy/

* Two episodes of "Holby City" in which Graeme Garden appeared are being repeated on Sony Entertainment TV.  This week, the episode "Rat Race" will air on Tuesday 18 Oct at 18:45, Wednesday 19 Oct at 12:45 & 17:30, and Thursday 20 October at 11:30.  Next week the episode "Best Laid Plans" will
air at the same times on Tuesday-Thursday.

Posted by lisa at 18/10/2011 00:36 GMT
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iPlayer link for Bill on "Would I Lie to You"
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British ComedyBill appeared on BBC One's "Would I Lie to You" this past Friday.  The show is available to viewers in the UK from the BBC iPlayer until 9:59PM BST from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b016131l/Would_I_Lie_to_You_Series_5_Episode_6/

Posted by lisa at 17/10/2011 20:17 GMT
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tickets for ISIHAC's final recording in the Autumn 2011 series
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British ComedyThe following newsletter was sent earlier today (11 October) from the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue mailing list:

ISIHAC NEWSLETTER

Dear I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Mailing List Member

I bring you notice of the final recording in the Autumn 2011 series of ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’, for which
tickets go on sale from 12 noon on Tuesday 18th October. It’s as follows:

Tuesday 15th November at The Sage, Gateshead

A recording for BBC Radio 4. Tickets are priced at £9, £7 and £5, and are obtainable via the theatre's box office, from 12 noon on Tuesday 18th October.

The Box Office number is 0191 443 4661, and it stays open every day until 8pm on show days and 6pm on non show days.

For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the box office is located at the theatre in St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR.

For those wishing to purchase tickets online, the website address is www.thesagegateshead.org

Because of the huge demand for tickets, we’ve asked the theatre to limit the number of tickets to 4 per applicant.

The show starts at 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) and finishes around 10.15pm.

The recording features Jack Dee in the chair, with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and Colin Sell at the piano.

With best wishes,
Jon Naismith
Producer, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue


Posted by lisa at 11/10/2011 17:22 GMT
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Official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Newsletter (28 Sept 2011)
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British ComedyThe following is the official I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue newsletter.  Please note that tickets for one of the fall recordings go on sale tomorrow morning (Thurs, 29 Sept).


Dear I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Mailing List Member

I bring you notice of two recordings in the Autumn 2011 series of ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’, for which tickets go on sale from 10am tomorrow morning. They are as follows:

Monday 17th October at G Live in Guildford

A recording for BBC Radio 4. Tickets are all priced at £9, £7 and £5, and are obtainable via the theatre's ticketing desk, from 10am on Thursday 29th September.

The Ticketing desk number is 0844 7701 797, and it stays open until 6pm (Monday to Saturday).

For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the ticketing desk is located at the theatre in London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA
For those wishing to purchase tickets online, the website address is www.Glive.co.uk

Because of the huge demand for tickets, we’ve asked the theatre to limit the number of tickets to 4 per applicant.

The show starts at 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) and finishes around 10.15pm.

The recording features Jack Dee in the chair, with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and Colin Sell at the piano.

Monday 28th November at the Watford Colosseum

Another recording for BBC Radio 4. Tickets are priced at £9, £7 and £5, and are obtainable via the theatre's box office, from 10am on Thursday 29th September.

The Box Office number is 0845 075 3993, and it stays open until 6pm (Monday to Saturday).

Tickets can also be booked online at www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

And tickets can also be purchased by calling in person at the Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD17 3JN. The Box office is open from 10am-6pm, Monday to Saturday.

Tickets can also be purchased at The Ticket Shop, John Lewis, Watford

Because of the huge demand for tickets, we’ve asked the theatre to limit the number of tickets to 4 per applicant.

The show starts at 7.30pm (doors 7pm) and finishes around 10.15pm.

The recording features Jack Dee in the chair, with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and Colin Sell at the piano.

There will be a further recording mid November in the North of England. Details to be revealed within the next few weeks.


Finally, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue guest panellist and all-round good egg Tony Hawks would like me to let you know he’s just embarked on a tour of the country. You can find details of his tour dates here:
http://www.ents24.com/web/artist/37209/Tony_Hawks.html

And you can watch a film of his best-selling book ‘Round Ireland with a Fridge’ online for free at this address
www.roundirelandwithafridge.com

With best wishes,
Jon Naismith
Producer, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue



Posted by lisa at 28/09/2011 16:57 GMT
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Listen Again links / upcoming repeat of "Little Howard's Big Question" with Tim
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British Comedy* BBC Radio 4 Extra has begun repeating the first series of "The Right Time", a 2001 sketch comedy series whose cast includes Graeme Garden along with Eleanor Bron, Clive Swift and Neil Innes.  The first episode is available on the BBC iPlayer until next Thursday morning at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007wp6k/The_Right_Time_Series_1_Episode_1/


* Bill Oddie's Comedy Controller is available on the iPlayer for one more day (until 10pm Saturday night, UK time) at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007qz59/Comedy_Controller_Bill_Oddie/


* An episode of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" is available until Monday at 8pm (again, UK time) from 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007jskn/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_29_05_2004/


* One of Tim's appearances in "Little Howard's Big Question" (the episode entitled "Why Do Things Have to Die?" will be repeated on CBBC next Friday, 16 Sept, at 12:00.  Episode details can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ww40r


* A reminder to Australian fans with Foxtel that The Comedy Channel will be repeating the episode "Love the Police" on Monday, 12 Sept, at 10am.  "The Playgirl Club" aka "Caught in the Act", is scheduled for the following week. http://www.thecomedychannel.com.au/WhatsOn/Detail.aspx?id=211

Posted by lisa at 10/09/2011 04:14 GMT
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Tim Brooke-Taylor & Robert Ross on BBC Radio 4 Today (26 Aug)
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British ComedyTim Brooke-Taylor & Robert Ross were on BBC Radio 4's Today show this morning (Friday, 26 August) discussing Marty Feldman.  Robert has written "Marty Feldman: The Biography of a Comedy Legend", which is scheduled to be published next month.

The interview clip can be heard at http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9573000/9573268.stm

The full edition of the Today show is available for the next week from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b013fnwq/Today_26_08_2011/ - the interview starts at 1 hour 25 minutes into the show.

(Thanks to Linda, Jenny, & Alison for this info)

Posted by lisa at 26/08/2011 15:10 GMT
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Jonathan Lynn's new book (including memories of "Cambridge Circus")
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British ComedyA new book by Jonathan Lynn titled "Comedy Rules: From the Cambridge Footlights to Yes, Prime Minister" includes reminiscences about his days traveling with "Cambridge Circus" along with future Goodies & Pythons.  Bill Oddie is mentioned in the following Daily Mail article about the book.

Posted by lisa at 25/08/2011 19:18 GMT
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Listen Again links
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British ComedyThe following Goodies-related programs are currently available on the BBC iPlayer.  The "available until" info refers to UK times. 


* Hello Cheeky episode from 16/05/1976 with Tim
    Available until 8:02PM Thu, 25 Aug 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b013dzn0/Hello_Cheeky_16_05_1976/


* I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue - the first episode (with Tim, Graeme & Bill)
    Available until 3:02AM Thu, 25 Aug 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007jt05/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_11_04_1972/


* I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again - Series 8 Episode 7
    Available until 8:02PM Mon, 22 Aug 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0139bkv/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_8_Episode_7/

* Celebrity Eggheads - Series 3 Episode 4 with Bill (TV program, only available to people in the UK).  NOTE THAT THIS IS ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL TOMORROW EVENING. 
    Available until 6:59PM Fri, 19 Aug 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ww80q/Celebrity_Eggheads_Series_3_Episode_4/

* Little Howard's Big Question - Series 3 Episode 8 with Tim (TV program, only available to viewers in the UK).
    Available until 4:54PM Wed, 24 Aug 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012krc5/Little_Howards_Big_Question_Series_3_Why_Cant_I_be_in_Charge/


* The radio adaptation of the Yes Minister episode "The Death List", with Graeme
  Available until 8:02PM Wed, 24 Aug 2011   
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007jnk7/Yes_Minister_Series_2_The_Death_List/

Posted by lisa at 19/08/2011 03:02 GMT
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Random Entertainment's new website
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British ComedyGraeme Garden & Jon Naismith's company Random Entertainment has a newly updated website at http://www.randomentertainment.co.uk/.  If you browse around the site you'll find some nice photos of Tim & Graeme from various Random productions (such as "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue").

Posted by lisa at 31/07/2011 05:12 GMT
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July 11th episode of ISIHAC (series 55 episode 3)
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British ComedyToday's (11 July) episode of "I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue" is now available on the BBC iPlayer at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012fc5g/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_55_Episode_3/

Posted by lisa at 11/07/2011 19:28 GMT
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An Audience with Tim Brooke-Taylor
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British ComedyThanks to Jeffers for the info that another date has been added for "An Audience with Tim Brooke-Taylor".  In addition to the dates listed at http://www.celebrityproductions.info/displayer_productions.php/280/An_Audience_With_Tim_Brooke-Taylor, there also will be a show on 13 Jan 2012 at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester:
http://www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/shows.php?cat=5&id=868


Here is the info from the Clive Conway Celebrity Productions site:
(http://www.celebrityproductions.info/displayer_productions.php/280/An_Audience_With_Tim_Brooke-Taylor):

Production: An Audience With Tim Brooke-Taylor in conversation with Chris Serle

Dates:
19th Oct 2011 : Corn Exchange (Newbury) -
http://www.cornexchangenew.com/events/

28th Oct 2011 : Little Theatre (Leicester) -
http://www.thelittletheatre.net/specials-tim-brooke-taylor-11.php

16th Nov 2011 : Forum Theatre (Malvern) -
http://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/

28th Feb 2012 : New Theatre (Cardiff) -
http://www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/

26th May 2012 : Perth Festival (Perth) - http://www.perthfestival.co.uk/

20th Sep 2012 : Le Manoir (Oxford)

Celebs:
Tim Brooke-Taylor
Chris Serle

Description:

Tim Brooke-Taylor has been delighting audiences with his gentle, zany humour ever since he rocketed from the Cambridge Footlights into West End stardom trading custard pies with John Cleese and one-liners with Bill Oddie in the hugely successful Cambridge Circus revue.  That was only the start of a sparkling career which includes the long-running TV series The Goodies, BBC Radio's I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again in which he starred with Cleese and the "antidote to panel games" I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, now in its 39th year, appearing in countless stage productions and writing a few books.
Those are just a few of the sugjects this much-loved performer will be covering in conversation with the broadcast journalist Chris Serle.  Given time Tim will also tell us how he directed Orson Welles in a film, helped Sevvy Ballesteros with his golf swing, appeared as Victor Meldrew's neighbour in One Foot in the Grave and much, much more.  You'll have the chance to put your own questions to Tim at the end. 

Tim Brooke-Taylor in conversation with Chris Serle at ...


Posted by lisa at 05/07/2011 19:57 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue series 55 episode 2
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British ComedyThe 4 July episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (series 55 episode 2) is available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0128mlp/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_55_Episode_2/

Posted by lisa at 04/07/2011 21:18 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Volume 13
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British Comedy"I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Volume 13" was recently released - the title is available as a 2CD set and also as a digital download.  This collection is the first Clue title to feature Jack Dee as Chair.

Here's a product description from Amazon.co.uk's website (at
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Im-Sorry-Havent-Clue-Audio/dp/140842729X/) :

"This thirteenth collection of the antidote to panel games finds Jack Dee giving regular panellists, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do - along with special guests Jeremy Hardy, Sandi Toksvig, Rob Brydon and David Mitchell. It includes highlights such as 'Uxbridge English Dictionary', 'One Song to the Tune of Another', 'Sound Charades', 'Historical Voicemail', 'Bankers' Film Club', 'Sound Effects Storytime', 'Party Guests', '84 Chicken Cross Road', 'Trail of the Lonesome Pun', 'Greetings Cards', 'Unseen Prequels' and, of course, 'Mornington Crescent'.
So get ready to laugh out loud as the gang indulge in more wonderful wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha, who's always ready for a quick score. Four more extended episodes from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series specially compiled by producer Jon Naismith. "Risky, rude, brilliantly written and superbly performed". (The Judges, Sony Radio Academy Awards)."


Posted by lisa at 01/07/2011 19:21 GMT
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reminder: new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" starts today! (27 June)
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British ComedyThe first episode in the 55th series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" gets its first broadcast at 6:30pm UK time today. The show can be heard online from the BBC Radio 4 website (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4); it will be available on the BBC iPlayer about an hour after broadcast.

Program information can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0124sc5

UPDATE: The Listen Again link for today's new episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" is:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0124sc5/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_55_Episode_1/

Posted by lisa at 27/06/2011 14:45 GMT
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this week's Hello Cheeky, ISIHAC, & ISIRTA on the BBC iPlayer
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British ComedyCurrently on the BBC iPlayer:

* Hello Cheeky series 1 episode 2 (available until 30 June at 9am UK time): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007jnx4/Hello_Cheeky_14_04_1973/

* Vintage "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" from January 1989 (available until 30 June at 3am UK time):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0121m4s/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_21_01_1989/

* The BBC Radio 4 broadcast of "I’m Sorry I'll Read That Again" series 7 episode 12 (available until 27 June at 8pm UK time):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01211y0/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_7_Episode_12/

Posted by lisa at 23/06/2011 16:30 GMT
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on BBC iPlayer - Graeme on MacAulay & Co
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British Comedy* Graeme was on MacAulay and Co (on BBC Radio Scotland) on Monday, 20 June.  The show can be heard on the BBC iPlayer until mid-day this coming Monday (27 June) at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0120xyv/MacAulay_and_Co_20_06_2011/

  Here's s a description of the topic of Graeme's call-in, from the show's website, "And can an established comedy team ever breakaway for solo projects? Goodie Graeme Garden and Chortle's Steve Bennett tell us about the successes and failures."  His appearance starts at the 1 hour 18 minute mark.


* Elsewhere online - for viewers in the UK, Channel 4's website has the early episode of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" in which Graeme appeared (series 1 episode 6) on its website at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/whose-line-is-it-anyway/4od#2922293

Posted by lisa at 23/06/2011 15:38 GMT
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new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" starts next week
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British ComedyThe 55th series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" begins on BBC Radio 4 next Monday, 27 January at 6:30pm.  Each episode will be repeated at noon on the Sunday after broadcast. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0124sc5

Here's a listing for the first episode from the new series:

"The 55th series of Radio 4's multi award-winning antidote to panel games promises more quality, desk-based entertainment for all the family, as the series starts its run in front of an audience of 2,500 at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall. Regulars Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor are joined on the panel by special guest Marcus Brigstocke, with Jack Dee as the programme's reluctant chairman. Regular listeners will know to expect inspired nonsense, pointless revelry and Colin Sell at the piano."

Posted by lisa at 21/06/2011 20:34 GMT
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"Hello Cheeky" repeat on BBC Radio 4 Extra (23 June)
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British ComedyThanks to Kimba Lion for this info:

This Thursday, June 23, BBC Radio 4 Extra will play an episode of Hello Cheeky (with Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin and Barry Cryer)  from 14 April 1973.

The show can be heard online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4extra and will be available from the BBC iPlayer for a week after broadcast.

Posted by lisa at 21/06/2011 16:39 GMT
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"Hoax" in Simon Brett's "I Did It My Way" on BBC Radio 4 Extra (25 June)
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British ComedyThis Saturday, 25 June, BBC Radio 4 Extra is repeating "I Did It My Way" with Simon Brett.  As part of the three-hour show they will be playing an episode of "Hoax", a radio series which was hosted by Tim Brooke-Taylor.

"I Did It My Way" will air at 09:00 and again at 19:00.  It will be available on the BBC iPlayer after broadcast.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00k21fj

Posted by lisa at 21/06/2011 16:34 GMT
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an explanation from Keith Wickham about the edited ISIRTA episodes
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British ComedyThe fan club contacted Keith Wickham, the man who has provided many recovered/restored episodes of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" to BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly BBC Radio 7).  We asked about the station's playing the highly edited Transcription Services versions of many episodes (in particular from series 7, with the "Professor Prune" serial, which have been airing the past few months) while more complete versions are in circulation.

Keith asked that I let everyone know that he has restored all the shows (with a few being of varying quality, but mostly they are perfect). However, BBC Radio 4 Extra made the decision to only use his restorations in cases where they didn't have any copy of an episode; the result is that, for the most past, the station is using the Transcription Services versions. This decision likely was due to the station needing to clear for OFCOM regulations any newly obtained shows, which would take time and money. 

There may be hope on the horizon, though.  According to Keith, there is a chance that BBC Radio 4 Extra will broadcast the whole series in full if they feel the current broadcasts have been sufficiently popular. Therefore, please continue to tune in for the weekly broadcasts, and encourage your friends to do the same!

Posted by lisa at 08/06/2011 19:16 GMT
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archive interview with Barry Cryer
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British ComedyFor the ISIHAC fans - an archive interview with Barry Cryer from BBC Scotland is available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011xbtb#p00hc2t2
for the next two days.

If you visit this page you can scroll down to see a "Chapters" section which will allow you can to listen to Barry's interview first (it is part of a Comedy Zone 5-hour block including interviews with many comedians, including Alan Davies, Ardal O'Hanlon, etc.).

Posted by lisa at 08/06/2011 19:15 GMT
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another delay for the "Astronauts: The Complete Series" DVD
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British ComedyAccording to Network DVD's website, the release date for "Astronauts: The Complete Series" (written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie) is now 31 December 2011.

Details about the DVD can be found at
http://www.networkdvd.net/product_info.php?products_id=1325

Posted by lisa at 07/06/2011 16:34 GMT
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repeat of "Welly Telly" with Bill
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British ComedyThese upcoming shows may be of interest to Goodies fans. It's advisable to check your listings for details & to watch for schedule changes.  Let us know if you spot any other shows (this is always appreciated!)

Please note: BBC RADIO SHOWS listed below can be heard online via each station's website (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 or www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 extra) and
then for a week after broadcast from the BBC iPlayer (aka Listen Again), www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer.  Radio shows on the iPlayer should be available for listening worldwide.


* Sat, 11 June - "Welly Telly" with Bill is being repeated on BBC 4 at
23:25.  Here's a listing:
    The Countryside on Television.
    Kate Humble, Bill Oddie, Bill Bryson, John Craven and Clarissa Dickson Wright discuss television's changing relationship - and current obsession - with the countryside. What explains the huge appeal of shows like Countryfile and Lambing Live to an urban audience? Is television helping to bring town and country together, or is the gap getting larger?
The programme remembers the pioneers of Welly Telly, like Phil Drabble, Jack Hargreaves and Hannah Hauxwell, and features archive from The Good Life, All Creatures Great and Small and Last of the Summer Wine.
   

* Tues-Weds, Jun 7-8: "The Truth about Killer Dinosaurs", a documentary hosted by Bill, is repeated on Eden at 02:00 each day.  The show is repeated again on Mon, 13 June - Tues, 14 June at 17:00 each day.


* Mon, 13 June - "What the Dickens?" with Graeme is repeated on Sky Arts 1 at 13:00.


* Sat, 18 June - "Outtake TV" on Watch at 12:00 includes a clip from one of Bill's wildlife appearances.


* Mondays: "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" (Tim, Graeme, & Bill's 1960's sketch comedy radio series which also starred John Cleese, David Hatch, and Jo Kendall) is repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 08:30 & 19:30.


* Mondays - "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" repeats on RTE Choice at 09:06.


* Wednesdays - 1980's episodes of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 09:30, repeated the next morning at 01:30.

Posted by lisa at 06/06/2011 01:19 GMT
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September 4th ISIHAC tour date (not radio recording)
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British ComedyWhile the schedule for the fall "I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue" tour hasn't been announced yet, one date is on sale.  According to http://www.thelowry.com/event/im-sorry-i-havent-a-clue, there will be 2 shows at The Lowry at Salford Quays in Greater Manchester on 4 September (one at 3:00pm and the second at 7:30pm).

Tickets can be purchased from the Lowry website.  The Box Office can be reached at  0843 208 6000.

Posted by lisa at 24/05/2011 19:11 GMT
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repeat of Graeme's "I Did It My Way" interview
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British ComedyGraeme Garden's edition of "I Did It My Way" will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra this coming Saturday, 21 May

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00b50pg

Posted by lisa at 16/05/2011 17:30 GMT
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Graeme mentioned in article about The Chaser's Q&A evenings
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British ComedyAccording to an article in the 13 May issue of the Sydney Morning Herald, Graeme was one of the guests at a trial series of Q&A evenings with members of The Chaser.  The full article can be read at http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/comedy/the-queens-rejects-20110512-1ej92.html, here's the paragraph which mentions Graeme:


"The events, which Morrow says could make way for a series of live Chaser interview evenings, were trialled over three nights last month at a venue in Kings Cross. Guests included Graeme Garden from British comedy group The Goodies, and Jennifer Robinson, the Sydney lawyer acting for WikiLeak's Julian Assange in his extradition case. One highlight, Morrow says, was soliciting offbeat anecdotes."

Posted by lisa at 13/05/2011 03:14 GMT
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Graeme in today's (2 May) episode of "The Unbelievable Truth"
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British ComedyGraeme's appearance in the 2 May episode of BBC Radio 4's "The Unbelievable Truth" can be heard online at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b010t64r/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_7_Episode_5/

It will be repeated on Radio 4 this Sunday at noon.

Posted by lisa at 02/05/2011 23:16 GMT
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Listen Again links for ISIRTA, ISIHAC, etc.
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British ComedyHere are some Listen Again links.  Note that shows are usually available for a week after their initial broadcast:

* I’m Sorry I'll Read That Again Series 7 Episode 4 (broadcast today on BBC Radio 4 Extra):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b010mztj/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_7_Episode_4/

* Today's episode of "The Unbelievable Truth", with the panelists Arthur Smith, Tony Hawks, Rhod Gilbert and Charlie Brooker:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b010dk23/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_7_Episode_3/

* In case I didn't already sent this one, a 1982 episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" from BBC Radio 4 Extra. This was broadcast last Thursday and is available through this Thursday morning (UK time):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b010j1y5/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_20_04_2011/

For those in the UK, the Springwatch Easter Special, which will include a contribution from Bill, will be available after its broadcast from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b010tbjs/Springwatch_Easter_Special/

Posted by lisa at 25/04/2011 20:36 GMT
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new release date for "Astronauts" DVD
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British ComedyThe release date for Network DVD's "Astronauts: The Complete Series" (which was written by Graeme and Bill) has been pushed back to 4 July.

http://www.networkdvd.net/product_info.php?products_id=1325

Posted by lisa at 24/04/2011 02:27 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout - 12.04.11
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British ComedyThe following is a mailing from the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue mailing list.

-----Original Message-----
From: ISIHAC Info [mailto:isihac@btinternet.com]
Subject: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout - 12.04.11

Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member,

I bring you notice of the three recordings in the Spring/Summer series of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue' 2011.  They are as follows:


Monday 9th May at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.

A recording for BBC Radio 4.  Tickets are all priced at £5, and are obtainable via the theatre's box office, from 9am on Tuesday 19th April 2011. The Box Office number is 0115 989 5555, and it stays open until 8.30pm. Tickets are only available by calling the Box Office or by visiting in person, unfortunately for this show they is no on-line booking facility
available.  As we anticipate an excellent response to this email, we've asked the Royal Concert Hall to limit the number of tickets to 4 per applicant.

The show starts at 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) and finishes around 10.15pm.

The recording features Jack Dee in the chair, with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and Colin Sell at the piano.


Tuesday 14th June at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

Another recording for BBC Radio 4. Tickets are priced at £9, £7 and £5, and are obtainable via the theatre's booking office on 0844 8717607, from 10am on Tuesday 26th May. Tickets can also be booked online at www.ambassadortickets.com/aylesbury

You can also purchase tickets by going in person to the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre box office, Exchange Street, HP20 IUG. The box office is open from 10am until 15 minutes after that days show opens. If there is no show it closes at 6pm.  Because of the huge demand for tickets, we've asked the theatre to limit the number of tickets to 4 per
applicant.

The show starts at 7.30pm (doors 7pm) and finishes around 10.15pm.

The recording features Jack Dee in the chair, with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and Colin Sell at the piano.


Thursday 30th June at the Grassington Festival.

Another recording for BBC Radio 4. Tickets are priced at £9, £7 and £5, and are obtainable via the Grassington Festival box office on 01756 752691, from 10am on Thursday 28th April. Otherwise the Festival Box Office is open from 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday (excluding April 29th, the Royal Wedding) Tickets can also be booked online at www.grassington-festival.org.uk And tickets can also be purchased by calling in person at The Festival Office, Grassington Hub, 2 Garrs Lane, Grassington BD23 5AT
Because of the huge demand for tickets, we've asked the theatre to limit the number of tickets to 4 per applicant.

The show starts at 7.30pm (doors 7pm) and finishes around 10.15pm.

The recording features Jack Dee in the chair, with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and Colin Sell at the piano.

That's about it for now.  Hope to see you at a recording.

With best wishes,

Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue


Posted by lisa at 20/04/2011 03:08 GMT
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iPlayer links for Graeme on "The Unbelievable Truth" + today's episode of ISIRTA
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British Comedy* Graeme Garden is one of the panellists in this week's edition of "The Unbelievable Truth". The show is currently available on the BBC iPlayer (available to most of the world); it will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 this coming Sunday at noon.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0105ymv/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_7_Episode_2/

* Also on the iPlayer, "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" with the second part of the "Professor Prune and the Electric Time Trousers" serial, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly BBC Radio 7) earlier today:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01075d1/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_7_Episode_2/

Posted by lisa at 11/04/2011 20:47 GMT
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BFI Panel Discussion with Graeme Garden & Humphrey Barclay on 24 May
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British ComedyThe BFI in London will be holding an event on 24 May featuring "A trio of NHS-inspired comedies, plus comedian Graeme Garden and producer Humphrey Barclay ask why we find the NHS so funny.

Here are more details about the event from the BFI website at  http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/film_programme/may_seasons/the_nations_health/doctor_in_the_house_qa_with_dr_graeme_ga

Doctor in the House + Q&A with Dr Graeme Garden & Humphrey Barclay

•24 May 18:00 NFT3

* Doctor In Charge: In Place of Strife

When Dr Wearing gets carried away doing other people's jobs, the whole hospital grinds to a halt.

    Director Alan Wallis 
    Cast Robin Nedwell, George Layton
    Year 1973
    Running time 25min

* Only When I Laugh: Let Them Eat Cake

From the writer of Rising Damp, Eric Chappel. A superb cast excels in this story of complaints over hospital food and militant porters.


    Director Vernon Lawrence
    Cast James Bolam, Peter Bowles, Christopher Strauli
    Year 1979
    Running time 25min

* Surgical Spirit: Walk Out

Reflecting a new commercial era for the NHS - when privatisation of cleaning staff leads to a walk-out, the surgeons try to carry on, with only limited success.

    Director David Askey
    Cast Nichola McAuliffe, Duncan Preston, Marji Campi
    Year 1995
    Running time 25min


* Panel Discussion with Graeme Garden & Humphrey Barclay

Dr Graeme Garden chairs a panel including renowned comedy producer Humphrey Barclay to ask why the NHS is so intrinsically funny, and what comic representations tell us about our attitudes to the institution.


Posted by lisa at 08/04/2011 04:04 GMT
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"Spy Nozy and the Poets" repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra
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British ComedyBBC Radio 4 Extra is repeating the drama "Spy Nozy and the Poets", in which Graeme has a role.  The show can be heard from the iPlayer for the next week at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007jvty/Spy_Nozy_and_the_Poets/ and on BBC Radio 4 Extra tomorrow morning at 5:00am (UK time).

Posted by lisa at 07/04/2011 20:00 GMT
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BBC Audiobooks reissues the 1978 "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" album
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British ComedyBBC Audiobooks has reissued the 1978 "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" album on CD and digital download.

This album includes the tracks 'Full Frontal Radio', 'Prune Manifesto', 'Buffers', 'Critics', 'News in Welsh', 'Listening to Flowers', 'Eddie Waring Impersonation' and 'Taming of the Shrew' and more.

http://www.audiogo.co.uk/audiobook/30318/im-sorry-ill-read-that-again-vintage-beeb

Posted by lisa at 07/02/2011 18:24 GMT
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Network DVD releasing "Astronauts: The Complete Series"
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British ComedyA 1981-1983 series written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, "Astronauts", is being released by Network DVD. The 2-disk set will include both series of the show; the scheduled release date is 21 March 2011.  Here is a description from Network's website,
http://www.networkdvd.net/product_info.php?products_id=1325

Astronauts: The Complete Series

Two men, one woman and a dog are cooped up together in darkest space.
Occupying a two-room 'sky-lab' on Britain's first manned space mission, they are under constant surveillance as they orbit the Earth - even on their visits to the lavatory. Tensions simmer, resentment builds and relationships become strained. and it's not long before they're ganging up on their earthbound American contact at Mission Control.

Written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, this hilarious comedy was inspired by and based upon actual conflicts documented by the astronauts of the NASA Skylab programme. Christopher Godwin is Mission Commander Malcolm Mattocks, Barrie Rutter is his truculent partner David Ackroyd, and Carmen du Sautoy is no-nonsense Science Officer Gentian Foster; Bruce Boa stars as their much-abused mission controller, Beadle.

Astronauts was produced by Tony Charles and Douglas Argent (whose combined credits include Fawlty Towers and The New Statesman), with Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais acting as script editors. This set contains both series, first aired between 1981 and 1983.


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summary of Slapstick 2011 events with Tim, Graeme, and Bill
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British ComedyThe following information comes from http://www.slapstick.org.uk/events.htm# , which also includes links for booking tickets at the Slapstick 2011 festival in Bristol, England at the end of this week.


Friday 28 January 2011

* Slapstick Silent Comedy Galawith very special guests
FRI 28 JAN 1930hrs Venue: Colston Hall £20/£16 concs/£6 under 12s
Dir: Fred Newmeyer, USA, 1924, 1h 22m
A star-studded evening of classic comedy and live entertainment with special guests Bill Oddie, Ian Lavender, Barry Cryer, Neil Innes & Paul McGann

This unique event presents four living national comedy icons introducing four classic silent comedy shorts on the big screen from the five masters of silent comedy accompanied live by Jazz Train, and The European Silent Screen Virtuosi This gala is truly a once in a life-time opportunity to see the funniest silent comedy with some of our best loved British comedy performers, promising to be bigger, better and funnier than ever.


Saturday 29 January 2011

*Harry Langdon’s Best Comedy Shorts
With Graeme Garden SAT 29 JAN 1100hrs Venue: Hall 2 (Colston Hall) £7/£5.50
At his best, Harry Langdon rivalled the great silent comics of the twenties. His baby-face antics and subtle forms of visual comedy were so different to the more typical 'slapstick' of the period that he stood alone as a unique performer. Today his films are often passed over and rarely screened. Langdon champion, Goodie and Sorry I Haven’t a Clue Panellist Graeme Garden selects his favourite silent shorts to reveal Langdon at his brightest and funniest. With live piano accompaniment.
Book: 01179223686



* Celebrating Buster Keaton with Ian Lavender SAT 29 JAN 1600hrs Venue: Bristol Old Vic Tickets £16-£5

We are delighted to welcome Ian Lavender to Bristol’s Slapstick Festival to share his long held passion for ‘the great stone face’ with fellow Keaton admirer writer/comedian Graeme Garden. Perhaps best known for playing ‘stupid boy’ Private Pike (against type) in Dad’s Army Ian, has appeared in countless stage and television productions including a three year run as Derek Harkinson in EASTENDERS. Ian now returns to his theatrical roots having trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, to discuss Keaton (his specialist subject on Celebrity Mastermind) before revealing and screening his favourite Keaton short.

Plus: Sherlock Jr  (1924) PG 45mins

In Keaton’s thrillingly imaginative and surreal masterpiece, Keaton plays an aspiring detective accused of a crime he didn’t commit by the family of his potential fiancée. Banished, he returns to his day job as a film projectionist, and dreams of apprehending the real culprit, his dastardly love rival. Accompanied live by THE EUROPEAN SILENT SCREEN VIRTUOSI a five-piece ensemble featuring Guenter Buchwald on violin and piano and Triple Oscar winning animator Richard Williams on cornet with their international friends.
Book: 01179877877


* (This one is included for the ISHAC fans): Barry Cryer's Top Comedy Moments in conversation with Rob Brydon
SAT 29 JAN 2000hrs Venue: Bristol Old Vic Tickets £20-£5 
Barry Cryer has worked with and written for more comedy talent than almost any other living British comedian. A ‘National Treasure’ in the truest sense of the term Barry will be celebrating the great visual comedians from yesteryear right up to today. From Harold Lloyd to Morecombe and Wise, from Buster Keaton to David Jason, ‘Baz’ recalls, reminisces, and recounts anecdotes and tall tales on a trip down memory lane – and what memories, if only he can remember them! Baz invites you to join him as he recounts his working relationships with some of the greats of visual comedy while delighting us with his top onscreen comedy moments from the last century. All this, in conversation with the inimitable comedian and actor Rob Brydon!

Sunday 30 January 2011

* Marty! With Tim Brooke-Taylor
SUN 30 JAN 1100hrs Venue: Hall 2 (Colston Hall) £7/£5.50
Before finding global recognition in Hollywood Marty Feldman (instantly recognizable for his characteristic bulging eyes) starred in a number of hugely successful British television comedy shows including the seminal At Last the 1948 show and BAFTA award winning show Marty. Tim Brooke-Taylor was a key writer and cast member on both these popular shows from the late 1960s. In discussion with presenter Chris Serle, Tim recounts working with this much loved and now often overlooked comedian illustrated by some of his best visual comedy gags.
Book: 01179223686


* Marty! Young Frankenstein Introduced by Tim Brooke-Taylor
SUN 30 JAN 2000hrs Venue: Watershed £7/£5.50 concs
Dir: Mel Brooks, USA, 1974, 1h 45m
To close Slapstick Festival Tim Brooke-Taylor celebrates the cinematic success of his comedy colleague Marty Feldman in his most iconic role as ‘Eye-Gore’ in Mel Brooks’ classic horror spoof. A crazy tribute to Mary Shelley’s classic, it pokes fun at almost every Frankenstein film ever made. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr Frankenstein soon discovers the scientist’s step-by-step guide ‘How To Bring A Corpse Back To Life’. Inspired lunacy from Mel Brooks starring Gene Wilder and Mary Feldman.
Book: 01179275100

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Listen Again link for 24 January episode of ISIHAC
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British ComedyHere's the link for the latest episode (24 Jan) of Tim & Graeme's radio show "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue". Radio shows from the BBC iPlayer are available to most of the world:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00xpnd6/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_54_Episode_5/

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Bill interview in Bristol Evening Post
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British ComedyBill has done an interview with the Bristol Evening Post to promote the upcoming Slapstick Festival 2011 (which will be held in Bristol, England from 27-30 January - details at http://www.slapstick.org.uk/

The article can be found online at http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/lifestyle/Good-comedy-doesn-t-date/article-3095714-detail/article.html


'Good comedy doesn't date'

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 07:00

NATALIE HALE talks to Bill Oddie, much loved as one third of the eminent comedy team The Goodies as well as a familiar face on such nature programmes as Spring Watch and Bill Oddie Goes Wild. At Slapstick Festival, Bill will be introducing a classic from his comedy heroes, Laurel and Hardy

Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden are regular guests at Bristol's Slapstick festival, having fallen in love with the annual homage to physical comedy when they first took part in 2007.

Now they have convinced their fellow Goodie, Bill Oddie, to come and join the fun.

The anarchic comedian, also Britain's most famous twitcher, will be one of the very special guests taking part in the flagship event of the Slapstick Festival, the Silent Comedy Gala at Colston Hall.

A star-studded evening of classic comedy and live entertainment, this unique event presents four national comedy icons (Oddie, Ian Lavender, Barry Cryer
and Neil Innes) introducing classic silent comedy shorts on the big screen accompanied by live music.

This gala is truly a once in a life-time opportunity to see the funniest silent comedy with some of our best-loved British comedy performers.

Bill will be introducing classic Laurel and Hardy silent, We Faw Down.

"I'm delighted to be introducing a Laurel and Hardy short at the gala," he tells me. "I have to say that We Faw Down isn't actually my favourite Laurel and Hardy short – I prefer their later work. But this early piece is an interesting taste of things to come."

One of his greatest loves as a child, he tells me, was going to the pictures on a Saturday morning.

"You have to be my age or older to remember the Saturday morning pictures, I've discovered. Youngsters look at me blankly. But it was absolutely standard when I was young for kids to go to the Saturday morning matinee.

"There were fairly standard ingredients to any programme – those ridiculous Pathe news things that weren't meant to be funny, a general interest bit, a cartoon, a Western, and a comedy.

"This was where you acquired a taste for what kind of comedy you liked and who you liked best."

And Bill liked Laurel and Hardy.

"They are a brilliant example of the classic ingredients of long-lasting and long-remembered comedy. One of those things is that iconic look of a fat one and a thin one. That has carried on throughout comedy, you've got Mike and Bernie Winters, the Two Ronnies, Little and Large... I've had experience of
that, too, when I used to do sketches with John Cleese in cabaret. There was that immediate funny contrast – it looks funny before you even do anything.

"Also, what comes with that is the threat or promise of violence. You've got a big one and you've got a little one and the chances are that the poor little bugger is going to get bullied at some point!

"In fact, both of them get it fairly often, and it's funny because they're not quite real enough for you to think it really hurts, but at the same time they are both very sympathetic characters."

Bill, who was born in Rochdale but grew up in the Midlands, came from generations of mill workers on both sides of the family, but he was encouraged academically by his father, who sent him to a good public school, and he ended up at Cambridge University.


There he befriended fellow Goodies Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, as well as John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle, who would, of course, later become founding members of Monty Python. This group of students were
soon close friends and studied and socialised together.

They all joined the university's prestigious Footlights club, with Tim becoming president in 1963. This is when, Tim has previously told me, he introduced his fellow students to Buster Keaton.

"That's right, he did," recalls Bill. "The comedy films I remember as a kid are those of The Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy. I don't remember much Keaton from then – maybe it was considered a little too sophisticated for us. It was certainly Tim, among others, who brought Keaton to Cambridge. I'm sure Keaton was terribly grateful!"

In 1970, Bill, Tim and Graeme teamed up to form The Goodies, an act that was heavily influenced by silent, slapstick comedy. The television series was a massive hit and ran from November 1970 to February 1982 on BBC2, with 70 episodes produced in all.

And there were numerous nods to their slapstick influences – many of the sketches included silent, live-action cartoon humour. There were even pastiches or variations of famous Keaton scenes, such as the house falling down around him.

"We were very influenced by our God, Buster Keaton, and by my favourites, Laurel and Hardy.

"Their work was funny when it was made, was funny when we watched it as students and let it influence our work, and is funny today. Really good comedy doesn't date."

Slapstick Silent Comedy Gala takes place at Colston Hall on Friday, January 28 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £20/£16 – call 0117 922 3686.


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Graeme plays TV Scrabble (and other upcoming shows)
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British ComedyFollowing is a list of upcoming shows that may be of interest to Goodies fans. It's advisable to check your listings for details & to watch for schedule changes.  "(NEW)" indicates shows added since the last update - these may be repeats of previously broadcast shows.

Please note: BBC RADIO SHOWS listed below can be heard online via each station's website (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 or www.bbc.co.uk/radio7) and then for a week after broadcast from the BBC iPlayer (aka Listen Again), www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer.  Radio shows on the iPlayer should be available for listening worldwide.

(NEW) * Weds, 19 Jan - "Play Along TV Scrabble" with Graeme on Challenge at 05:00.  Here's a listing: "Toby Anstis presents the televisual version of the world's most popular word game. Played on a dynamic 3-D board, it is a fast-moving battle of words with contestants competing for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas in the Grand Final. With guests Jan Leeming and Graeme Garden."

(NEW) * Sat, 22 Jan - "Saturday Kitchen" with Bill on Good Food (& Good Food
HD) at 06:00 and again at 14:30.  Here's a listing: "Step-by-step recipes and top celebrity chefs. Here, James Martin plays host to Sarah Raven and Nick Nairn, while TV favourite Bill Oddie faces his food heaven and hell."

* Sundays - The first series of "Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea" is being repeated on BBC Radio 7 at 22:15

* Mondays - The new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" on BBC Radio 4 at 18:30 (with each episode repeated at noon the following Sunday).  Two episodes are currently available on iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00x3tvr/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_54_Episode_2/ and 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00x92y3/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_54_Episode_3/

* Tuesdays: ABC 2 in Australia is repeating "The Goodies" at 8:00pm - watch your local listings for changes.
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/thegoodies.htm  The episodes have begun to be available to viewers in Australia once again on the ABC iview player (http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/series/3097729).

* Thursdays: "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" (Tim, Graeme, & Bill's 1960's sketch comedy radio series which also starred John Cleese, David Hatch, and Jo Kendall) is repeated on BBC Radio 7 at 12:30 & 19:30.

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Listen Again link for ISIHAC from 10 January 2011
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British ComedyThe latest episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (from 10 January 2011) is now available on the BBC iPlayer at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00x92y3/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_54_Episode_3/


Last week's episode is still available at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00x3tvr/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_54_Episode_2/

Posted by lisa at 10/01/2011 20:37 GMT
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listen again link for ISIHAC series 54 episode 1
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British ComedyHere's the listen again link for the first episode from the new series of Tim & Graeme's BBC Radio 4 show "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue".  This aired this past Monday and will be repeated on Sunday (2 January) at noon.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00wr6r8/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_54_Episode_1

Posted by lisa at 01/01/2011 04:58 GMT
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ISIHAC Mailout 23.12.10 (includes date of 3rd recording)
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British ComedyThe following is a message from the official ISIHAC mailing list, including information about the third recording for the new series of Clue.

Please note that we are aware the item about the Goodies repeats should have said the BBC Two repeats are running through 30 December rather than just on 30 December (hopefully fans will check their local TV listings).

-----Original Message-----
From: ISIHAC Info [mailto:isihac@btinternet.com]



Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member,

Just a short note to:

1. Wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

2. Thank all those who braved the snow and ice to see us in Crawley on 18th December - including parties from as far afield as Cornwall and Norwich.

3. Let you know that a new series of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue' starts transmission from 6.30pm on Monday 27th December.

3. Let you know that 'The Goodies' is being repeated on 30th December (as it was last night) on BBC2 - Graeme and Tim want you to know this by the way.

4. Tell you about our final recording of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue', which will take place on Friday 14th January at the Central Theatre in Chatham.
Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Wednesday 5th January. These are the
details:

Date: Friday 14th January 2011
Theatre; Central Theatre in Chatham, Kent Show starts: 7.30pm (finishes at around 10.15pm)
Tickets: £9, £7 and £5
Box Office: 01634 338338
Website: www.medway.gov.uk/theatres
On sale date/time: 10am on Wednesday 5th January

Sorry it's not further North - until we know what the weather's going to do, we've decided to play it safe.

With best wishes,

Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue


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Suggesting a venue for the next series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue"
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British ComedyFrom http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/im-sorry-i-havent-a-clue/venue/:

Could your venue play host to 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue'? 

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is on the road again and we're looking for places to record our next series in November, December 2010 and January 2011.

Your venue will need to have a minimum seating capacity of 800 and a box office to handle the issuing of tickets.

Please use the form on this page to contact us.
The submission deadline is 31st August 2010.

Posted by lisa at 11/08/2010 21:50 GMT
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"Hello Cheeky DVD"
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British ComedyThanks to Andrew Pixley, Ian Greaves, and Andrew Williams for all posting or passing along the news that Network DVD has announced a release of all surviving episodes of "Hello Cheeky", the Yorkshire TV version of the hit 1970's radio show starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin and Barry Cryer.



The DVD is scheduled for release in the UK on July 19th.  It can be ordered from Network's website.

Here are the details from that page:

Hello Cheeky fearlessly brought Radio Two’s long-running 1970s comedy show to television, featuring the legendary talents of Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor, fellow I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue stalwart and comedy writer Barry Cryer, and writer and actor John Junkin; composer Denis King provided musical accompaniment (and frequently became the object of ridicule for the other three).

The half-hour shows were pre-recorded in front of a live audience and replicated the original series’ trademark mix of preposterous sketches, appalling jokes, raillery and general silliness. Improvisation abounded, with the occasional blunder retained in an irreverent approach summed up by Cryer as ‘Laugh-In without the gloss, only desperation and rot’. A typical show might feature advice on looking after an armadillo, teaching your dog to samba or making your very own space rocket from a yard of lint, an operation on a false moustache, or even a gala dinner with the officers and crew of the Nancie Celeste...

This first-time release on DVD contains all 12 existing episodes from 1976. Unfortunately episode 10 no longer exists in the archive.

Parts of Tim, John and Barry appear by permission of the Official Receiver. Other parts are played by people, with the exception of Denis King who appears by arrangement with the Natural History Museum.

Catalogue Number:  7953267
Time:  300 mins approx
Region:  2 / PAL
Subtitles:  None
Sound:  Mono / English
Picture:  1.33:1 / Colour
Number of Discs:  2
Classification:  15
Barcode:  5027626326746


Posted by lisa at 05/06/2010 03:07 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout - 14th May 2010
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British ComedyThe following is a mailing from the Official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List.

-----Original Message-----
From: ISIHAC Info [mailto:isihac@btinternet.com]
Subject: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout - 14th May 2010

Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member,

I bring you notice of three rather exciting shows in the next month or two. They will take place as follows...

* Friday 28th May at the Sands Centre in Carlisle.

A recording for BBC Radio 4.  Tickets are priced at £9, £7, £6  and £4, and are obtainable via the theatre's box office, from 9am on Tuesday 18th May.

The Box Office number is 01228 625222, and it stays open until 9.30pm.

Tickets can also be booked online via www.thesandscentre.co.uk or www.ticketweb.co.uk 24 hr tel: 08448 472276 (ticketweb).  Online ticket purchases are made with TicketWeb and not the Sands Centre. Ticketweb has an allocation of seats to sell.

The show starts at 7.30pm (doors 7pm) and finishes around 10.15pm.

The recording features Jack Dee in the chair, with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and Colin Sell at the piano. The guest is Sandi Toksvig.


* Tuesday 29th June at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge.

Another recording for BBC Radio 4. Tickets are priced at £9, £7 and £5, and are obtainable via the theatre's box office on 01223 357851, from 10am on Wednesday 19th May.

Tickets can also be booked online at www.cornex.co.uk

To book online simply go to the what's on page and click on the 'book now' icon next to the show of your choice.  Please note that only MasterCard, Maestro and Visa are accepted when booking online.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling in person at The Cambridge Corn Exchange Box Office, Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB The box office is located on the same side of the road as the venue - 2 doors down.  The Box office opening hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm (or 30 minutes after the start of a show on performance days). The phone lines close at 6pm.

The show starts at 7.30pm (doors 7pm) and finishes around 10.15pm.

The recording features Jack Dee in the chair, with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and Colin Sell at the piano.
The guest is David Mitchell.


* Friday 18th June at the Royal Festival Hall in London's Southbank Centre.

We will be performing our acclaimed 'live' theatre show as part of this year's Meltdown Festival at the Southbank.  We have been invited to take part by this year's Festival Curator, the brilliant Richard Thompson (he of Fairport Convention etc).  The show will be hosted by Rob Brydon and will feature a line up of Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Jeremy Hardy and Colin Sell at the piano.  This is the online link for tickets: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/dance-performance/tickets/im-sorry-i-havent-a-clue-53714
Tickets have started to sell for this event - so you'll need to book quickly.

Finally, thank you to all who came to the wonderful Memorial Concert for Humph on Sunday 25th April.  I received many lovely emails from people who were there and enjoyed it.  It was a terrific celebration of the great man.

If you didn't make it - don't despair.  The show was recorded for Radio 4 (broadcast date TBC) and will be released in full on CD in due course.  All money raised to go towards the Humph Trust, devoted to supporting and encouraging young jazz musicians.

That's about it for now.  Hope to see you at one or more of the above.

With best wishes,

Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue


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Listen Again links for ISIRTA, One, and Bill Oddie's Top 10
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British Comedy* This week's "I'm Sorry I'll Read that Again" is being repeated on BBC Radio 7 for the first time.  It can be heard through next Thursday from:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00scw5v/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_3_7_Premiere/


* BBC Radio 4 is repeating the third series of "One" on Wednesdays.  Graeme appears as a performer in many episodes, including the one that aired this week and can be heard from Listen Again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00n1jtk/One_Series_3_Episode_1/


* Fans in the UK can still see "Bill Oddie's Top 10" episode 2, "Aliens", from the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00sf77z/Bill_Oddies_Top_10_Aliens/

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Listen Again link for this week's ISIRTA repeat
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British ComedyThis week's repeat of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" features the story of Doctor Heckle and Mr. Jibe plus "The Rhubarb Tart Song" sung by John Cleese, with backing vocals from The Goodies. The show can be heard from the BBC iPlayer at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00s09rq/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_3_Episode_5/

Posted by lisa at 17/04/2010 00:00 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout 16.04.10
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British ComedyThe following is from the official "I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue" mailing list.


Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Newsletter Subscriber,

I bring news of the first recording in the Spring series of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue'.

We will be recording the programme on the evening on Friday 30th April at the Centaur in Cheltenham.

The Centaur is a large venue located within Cheltenham Racecourse.  This is the address of the venue: The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Prestbury Pk, Cheltenham GL50 4SH, Tel. 01242 539 538.

We'll be performing two editions of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue' to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The shows will be hosted by Jack Dee, and the panellists will be Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Jeremy Hardy, with Colin Sell at the piano.  The evening starts at 7.30pm (door open 6.45pm) and should be finished around 10.15pm.  It contains one 20 minute interval.

Tickets cost £9.50, £7.50 and £6 and will be obtainable via the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham from 10am on Monday 19th April.  These are the box office details:

For those wishing to pay for tickets in person, the Everyman's address is:
Everyman Theatre, Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ For those wishing to book by phone, The Everyman Box Office phone number is 01242 572573.
For those wishing to book online, the website address is www.everymantheatre.org.uk <http://www.everymantheatre.org.uk/
A direct link to the page just for the show will become active at 10am on Monday 19th April and is:
https://tickets.everymantheatre.org.uk/loader.asp?target=show.asp?shcode=2274

The Everyman box office is open Mon - Fri 9.30am - 8.30pm, though tickets won't be on sale for the show until 10am on Monday 19th April.

Tickets are limited to no more than four per applicant.  They will be advertised only to subscribers to this newsletter and the 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue' mailing list until Tuesday 20th April, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Apologies to all who've not received replies to emails sent to this address recently.  It's become a bit too large for me to manage, but help is at hand, and in the next month or so it should all be running properly again.

In other news, Graeme would like you to know there's a petition for anyone keen to see another Goodies DVD:

http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?2010gds&1

And Linda Smith's partner Warren would like you to know there's a 'gala comedy night' show in her memory at The Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames on Sunday 9th May at 7.30pm featuring Andy Hamilton, Jeremy Hardy, Sandi Toksvig, Arthur Smith and Hattie Hayridge.

With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue


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Graeme will appear in "The Unbelievable Truth" next Monday
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British ComedyGraeme will be appearing in a second episode in the new series of "The Unbelievable Truth"; it will air on BBC Radio 4 next Monday, Mon, 19 Apr at 18:30 and then repeated the following Sunday at noon.  The show will be available for a week after the Monday broadcast from Listen Again.

Use the "click here for more" link for a list of other upcoming shows of interest to Goodies fans.

Posted by lisa at 14/04/2010 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again link for this week's ISIRTA repeat
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British ComedyThis week's repeat of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" (in which Tim, Graeme & Bill tell the story of Lord Nelson's diary) can be heard from the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00rxf3m/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_3_Episode_4/



Posted by lisa at 08/04/2010 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again link for ISIRTA Series 3 Episode 3
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British Comedy"I’m Sorry I'll Read That Again" series 3 episode 3 is available from the BBC iPlayer through next Thursday from the following link.  This episode includes the tale of Ali Baba and his 38 Thieves.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b008m22m/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_3_Episode_3/


Posted by lisa at 03/04/2010 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again link for Graeme on "The Unbelievable Truth"
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British ComedyThe Listen Again link for this week's episode of BBC Radio 4's "The Unbelievable Truth", in which Graeme is one of the panelists, is http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00rv4db/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_5_Episode_1/

Posted by lisa at 31/03/2010 00:00 GMT
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Graeme in "The Unbelievable Truth" next Monday / ISIRTA Listen Again link
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British Comedy* Graeme will be on the panel in BBC Radio 4's "The Unbelievable Truth" next Monday, which is episode 1 in a new series. The show's broadcast will be available online from the Radio 4 website (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4); it will be available for a week after broadcast from Listen Again. 

Here's a listing for this episode from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rv4db: "David Mitchell hosts another series of the panel game in which four comedians are encouraged to tell lies and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they're able to smuggle past their opponents. Marcus Brigstocke, Henning Wehn, Lucy Porter and Graeme Garden are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as: Sleep, Beer, Childbirth and Sir Isaac Newton. The show is devised by Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith, the team behind Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. The producer is Jon Naismith, and this is a Random Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4."

* The Listen Again link for this week's BBC Radio 7 repeat of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" (which is the episode with "Moll Flounders") is http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00rm4xh/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_3_Episode_2/


* For the Barry Cryer fans - this week BBC Radio 7 is repeating "Barry Cryer's You Won't Believe This But...", in which Barry reads excerpts from his autobiography.  The 15 minute episodes air Monday-Friday; the following link should give you the list of episodes available from Listen Again (episode 1 is available through next Monday).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search/?q=you%20won't%20believe%20this%20but


Posted by lisa at 25/03/2010 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again link for this week's ISIRTA repeat
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British ComedyI'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again - Series 3 - Episode 1 can be heard from the BBC iplayer at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00rfqxx/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_S
eries_3_Episode_1/



Posted by lisa at 19/03/2010 00:00 GMT
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new series of "The Unbelievable Truth" / Bill's appearance on "Chute!"
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British Comedy* According to David Mitchell's Twitter page, a new series of "The Unbelievable Truth" starts on BBC Radio 4 on Monday, 29th March.  The BBC Tickets website says the recordings are fully booked, but does add that guests include "the likes of Marcus Brigstocke, Graeme Garden, Tony Hawks, Arthur Smith, Fred MacAulay and Charlie Brooker."

* Bill's 2007 appearance on the show "Chute!" can be seen online at http://www.kidstube.com/videos/19590/Bill%20oddie%20falls%20down%20my%20chute!%20(i%20am%20the%20hand.)


Posted by lisa at 09/03/2010 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again link for this week's ISIRTA repeat
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British ComedyHere's the Listen Again (BBC iPlayer) link for this week's BBC Radio 7 repeat of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again". This is for Series 2 Episode 8 featuring the Doctor Who parody "Doctor Y and the Thing":

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00r39q1/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_2_Episode_8/


Posted by lisa at 05/03/2010 00:00 GMT
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Keith Wickham interviews Humphrey Barclay about ISIRTA
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British ComedyBBC Radio 7 has been playing an interview of ISIRTA producer Humphrey Barclay conducted by "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" restorer Keith Wickham.  The 3 1/2 minute interview can be heard for a limited time at
http://www.sendspace.com/file/nrowv0


Posted by lisa at 05/03/2010 00:00 GMT
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Humphrey Lyttelton Memorial Concert - Sunday 25th April
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British ComedyThe following is information from the official "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" mailing list about the April 25th memorial concert for Humphrey Lyttelton to be held at the Hammersmith Apollo.  Tim and Graeme are among the celebrities taking part in the event.

Please note that tickets go on sale Monday, March 1st.  Ticketing information is provided at the end of the announcement.

Clue fans should also note that Jack Dee will be chairing the Spring series of the radio series; as stated below, the recording dates will be announced in late March/early April.


-----Original Message-----
Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member

This is to bring you news of a memorial concert for Humphrey Lyttelton on the evening of Sunday 25th April at the Hammermsith HMV Apollo, which is being organised by Humph's son Stephen, who has set up a charitable fund in his father's name to assist talented young jazz musicians.  The concert will serve both as a memorial to Humph and a fund-raiser for the charity, which will operate in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Music's jazz department.  The team from 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue' will be taking part, and tickets go on sale on Monday 1st March.  You are advised to book early to avoid disappointment!

Here's how the concert describes itself:

Humphrey Lyttelton - A Celebration Concert
Launching The Humphrey Lyttelton Royal Academy of Music Jazz Award
Sunday 25th April HMV Apollo

The life and work of Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician and broadcaster, is celebrated in a unique concert that brings together band members, guest musicians and the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue team for an evening of jazz and joviality that will raise funds for the Humph Trust.

Never one to revel in his own popularity, Humph got tremendous joy from encouraging and assisting the work of young jazz musicians. The aim of the Trust will be to build on this legacy by supporting and developing the careers of budding new talent.

The Humphrey Lyttelton Royal Academy of Music Jazz Award
Humphrey Lyttelton championed jazz music in the United Kingdom for his entire career. Having a more prominent position in the jazz scene than almost all other jazz musicians in the UK, this was clearly beneficial to an often under publicised form of music.

There is a lot to be proud of in jazz music coming out of the UK these days and The Royal Academy of Music has produced many of the exciting new wave of talented jazz artists on the current national/international scene.

"At the age of 15, I met Humph for the first time on a concert and his enthusiasm and encouragement had a profound effect on me, inspiring me to practise and also to feel part of a tradition and lineage. I was also even more pleased, when meeting Humph over subsequent years, that he always asked me how I was getting on and showed genuine interest! It is therefore a great pleasure to see this award set up in Humphrey Lyttelton's name at the Academy, to help create support and guidance into jazz for future generations of players."
Gerard Presencer, Head of Jazz, Royal Academy of Music.

The Concert
The line up for the evening features a glittering array of musicians and comedians paying tribute to Humph.

The Humphrey Lyttelton Bands:
Adrian Macintosh - Ray Wordsworth - Robert Fowler - Ted Beament - Tony Fisher - Tony Coe - Jimmy Hastings - Wally Fawkes - John Picard - Dave Green - John Barnes - Karen Sharp - Eddie Taylor - Eddie Harvey - John Rees-Jones

With Special Guests:
Courtney Pine - Elkie Brooks - Charlie Watts - Jools Holland - Ben Waters - Stacey Kent - Graeme Garden  - Jack Dee - Tim Brooke-Taylor - Rob Brydon - Barry Cryer - Andy Hamilton - Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen - Jeremy Hardy - Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band - Tony Hawks - Tina May - Louise Parker - Sue Richardson - Colin Sell - Sandi Toksvig - Jim Tomlinson

Tickets: £45, £35, £25
For tickets please visit The HMV Apollo Website - http://venues.meanfiddler.com/apollo/home  OR call Ticket Line: 08448 44 47 48.
Alternatively visit Ticketmaster - http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk

I will be sending details of the three Spring recordings of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue' in late March/early April.  The series will feature Tim, Barry, Graeme and Colin as usual, with Jack Dee in the chair.

With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue


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"Whoops Apocalypse" DVD set to be released in the UK in March
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British ComedyNext month Network DVD in the UK will be releasing "Whoops Apocalypse – The Complete Apocalypse".  The set will include both the television series and the film (in which Graeme makes an appearance).

Here's a description of the set from http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=72225:

Whoops Apocalypse – The Complete Apocalypse - Andrew Marshall and David Renwick's (Hot Metal, 2point4 Children, One Foot in the Grave) razor-sharp satire, chronicling the events leading up to World War Three. Featuring Barry Morse, John Barron, Richard Griffiths, Peter Jones, Geoffrey Palmer and Alexei Sayle, this 1982 comedy was a cult success for ITV. Four years later it was made into a feature film, which starred Peter Cook, Loretta Swit, Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall, Richard Wilson and Graeme Garden. This set contains both the complete series and the film.

Extras include: Image Galleries for both TV Series and Film; Script PDF for Film and episode one of the series; Original Film Press Release Pack PDF.


Posted by lisa at 24/02/2010 00:00 GMT
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interview about restored ISIRTA episodes
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British ComedyBBC Radio 7 is airing an interesting interview with Keith Wickham, the man responsible for the restored episodes of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again"
currently being broadcast on that station.

I managed to capture the three-minute interview and have put it up at http://www.sendspace.com/file/4hn3mz


Posted by lisa at 09/02/2010 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again links for 2 episodes of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again"
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British ComedyBBC Radio 7 continues its repeat run of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" on Thursdays with reconstructed versions of early, rarely heard episodes.

Series 2, Episode 3 (from October 1965) can be heard through this Thursday evening (London Time) at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00q9y63/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_2_Episode_3/


In addition, due to technical problems with the Listen Again version in December, Radio 7 repeated the ISIRTA Christmas Edition from December 1969 earlier this week.  That show is available online until Monday morning, 8 Feb, at 8:00am London time from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00qgw8l/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_The_Wonder_Show_Christmas_Edition/


Posted by lisa at 02/02/2010 00:00 GMT
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Slapstick 2010 Gala articles (with video links)
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British ComedyAn article about Graeme Garden & Michael Palin's appearance at the Slapstick 2010 opening gala can be found here: http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/homepage/Monty-Python-legend-stage-Bristol-s-Colston-Hall/article-1745740-detail/article.html .  A cut & paste of the text is below (use the "click here for more" link).

A second article, from the BBC Bristol website, includes two videos.  Graeme appears in the first, talking about the festival.  The second clip, at the bottom of the page, is from Tim's appearance on BBC Breakfast earlier this week: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/bristol/hi/people_and_places/arts_and_culture/newsid_8470000/8470005.stm

Posted by lisa at 21/01/2010 23:00 GMT
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reminder: Slapstick 2010 (in Bristol, England) with Tim & Graeme
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British ComedyJust a reminder that Bristol, England's Slapstick 2010 is coming up later this month.  Tim and Graeme will be among the celebrity guests at Bristol's annual silent comedy festival, which will be held January 21-24. 

Details about individual events, including booking details, can be found at http://www.slapstick.org.uk/events.htm#


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the upcoming TV/radio shows update
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British ComedyUse the "click here for more" link below to see a list of upcoming TV/radio shows of interest to Goodies fans. 

Posted by lisa at 15/01/2010 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again links for ISIRTA and Bill's turn as"Comedy Controller"
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British Comedy* BBC Radio 7 aired "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" series 1, episode 3 for the first time this past Thursday.  Like the previous week's episode, this show had been carefully reconstructed using material from multiple sources and, as a result, was making its debut on Radio 7.

The show can be heard through this Thursday from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pmgx6/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_1_Episode_3/


* BBC Radio 7 repeated Bill's episode of "Comedy Controller" yesterday.  It can be heard through this coming Saturday from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007qz59/Comedy_Controller_Bill_Oddie/ 


Posted by lisa at 10/01/2010 00:00 GMT
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reminder: Slapstick 2010 (in Bristol, England) with Tim & Graeme
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British ComedyJust a reminder that Bristol, England's Slapstick 2010 is coming up later this month.  Tim and Graeme will be among the celebrity guests at Bristol's annual silent comedy festival, which will be held January 21-24. 

Details about individual events, including booking details, can be found at http://www.slapstick.org.uk/events.htm#

Posted by lisa at 09/01/2010 23:00 GMT
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Listen Again for last week's episode of ISIRTA
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British ComedySeries 1 Episode 2 of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" premiered on BBC Radio 7 last week.  As the announcer explained, this early episode was reconstructed from multiple sources. 

It can be heard through Thursday at 8pm (London time) from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pgypp/Im_Sorry_Ill_Read_That_Again_Series_1_Episode_2/

Posted by lisa at 04/01/2010 00:00 GMT
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Holiday repeats on BBC 7, Comedy Channel Aus, & NZ Comedy Central
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British ComedyAmong the holiday offerings from BBC Radio 7 this year are repeats of Christmas episodes of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" and "Hello Cheeky" plus Hamish & Dougal's Hogmanay Special".

Goodies fans in Australia who get The Comedy Channel can enjoy a Christmas Day showing of "The Goodies and The Beanstalk", whlie fans in NZ who get SKY's Comedy Central can see both "The Goodies & The Beanstalk" and "The Goodies Rule - OK?".

EDITED (on 24 Dec) to add: Graeme contributes to "The Story of Slapstick" on BBC 2 on Boxing Day.

For details about these as well as other upcoming shows of interest to Goodies fans use the "click here for more" link below.

Posted by lisa at 23/12/2009 00:00 GMT
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listen again link for this week's episode of ISIHAC
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British ComedyThis week's episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" can be heard from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00p885p/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Serie
s_52_Episode_5/



It will be available until next Monday (21 December) at 7pm London time


Posted by lisa at 16/12/2009 00:00 GMT
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ISIRTA returns to BBC 7 / Barry Cryer on Loose Ends
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British Comedy* Episode 5 in the current series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" airs later today on BBC Radio 4.  It will be available for a week after broadcast from Listen Again.

* BBC Radio 7 is beginning another run of Bill, Tim, & Graeme's 1960's radio series "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" (the series also starred John Cleese, David Hatch, and Jo Kendall).  The show will air on Wednesdays. According to the latest issue of the station's newsletter, "In future weeks [BBC Radio 7 will] be bringing you some episodes that haven't been heard since their original transmission."

* Barry Cryer from ISIHAC appeared on BBC Radio 4's show "Loose Ends" this past Saturday, Dec. 12th.  The show can be heard from the BBC iPlayer (at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00p7h3r/Loose_Ends_12_12_2009/) until this Saturday evening (19 December at 7pm London time).

* While this isn't Goodies news, I'll throw it in as long as I'm writing. Many of you were acquainted with "Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off" thanks to Graeme's writing contributions in the early series. Fans of the series may be interested to learn that a new series of "Giles" began today on BBC Radio 4; here's the listen again link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00p87r0/Giles_WemmbleyHogg_Goes_Off_Series_4_Episode_1/

Posted by lisa at 14/12/2009 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again link for this week's episode of ISIHAC
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British ComedyThe latest episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" with Tim Brooke-Taylor & Graeme Garden is now available (for one week) from the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00p604t/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_52_Episode_4/

Because this is a BBC radio show you should be able to listen to it worldwide.

Posted by lisa at 07/12/2009 00:00 GMT
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Slapstick 2010 will include contributions from Tim and Graeme
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British ComedyThe schedule for Slapstick 2010 (the silent comedy film festival in Bristol, England, to be held January 21-24) has become available.  The good news is that Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, and Barry Cryer will all be participating in multiple events over the course of the four day festival.  Please note: there isn't a Goodies-specific event.

The festival's home page is http://www.slapstick.org.uk/ , from which you can download the festival brochure (the direct link for that is http://www.slapstick.org.uk/docs/Slapstick2010.pdf ).


Use the "click here for more" link below for a quick cut & paste of the sessions involving Tim and/or Graeme. Please consult Slapstick's official website/brochure for full details and ticketing information.

Posted by lisa at 07/12/2009 00:00 GMT
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Graeme hosting Michael Palin session at Slapstick 2010
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British ComedyGraeme Garden will once again be appearing at Bristol's Silent Comedy Festival this coming January.  He is scheduled to appear at Slapstick 2010 as host of an evening billed as "Something Almost Completely Different", with special guest Michael Palin.

Here are the details listed on http://www.slapstick.org.uk/ :

    Venue: Colston Hall

    Booking: 0117 922 3686
    Online: www.colstonhall.org
    Thurs 21 Jan 2010, 7.30pm
    £16/£12concs/£6 (under 11s)



Tickets are on sale for the event from http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event1016 , which provides this description of the show:

Slapstick Silent Comedy Festival Gala Opening Night

Something ALMOST Completely Different
with very special guest Michael Palin
Hosted by Graeme Garden

Bristol's Slapstick Silent Comedy Festival invites you to a star-studded evening of classic comedy and live entertainment for its Sixth Slapstick Gala.

This unique event presents two great comedy icons. Comedy legend and and national treasure Michael Palin will be on stage to discuss his illustrious career in comedy, with fellow writer performer Graeme Garden.

On screen - in homage to Michael's travelling legacy - we present one of Buster Keaton's greatest comedies THE NAVIGATOR (1924), with the world premiere of a live musical accompaniment by The Slapstick Boys.

This newly- formed five-piece musical ensemble features Oscar-winning film animator and cornet virtuoso Richard Williams and world-acclaimed silent film maestro Günter Buchwald on violin and piano, along with their international friends.

With other celebrity guests on stage and on screen, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed! Early booking is recommended to avoid dissapointment.

Website www.slapstick.org.uk


Posted by lisa at 04/12/2009 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again link for this week's episode of ISIHAC
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British ComedyThis week's episode of BBC Radio 4 (with Tim Brooke-Taylor & Graeme Garden) is available from the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00p2b01/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_52_Episode_3/

Posted by lisa at 30/11/2009 00:00 GMT
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Daily Mail review of The Clue Bible
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British ComedyThe Daily Mail has an enthusiastic review of Jem Robert's new book about I'm Sorry I Haven't A clue, "The Clue Bible, at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-1231388/The-comics-hadnt-clue-THE-CLUE-BIBLE-BY-JEM-ROBERTS.html

The book is available from major retailers such as Amazon.co.uk (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Clue-Bible-Authorised-Footlights-Mornington/dp/1848091303/)

Posted by lisa at 27/11/2009 00:00 GMT
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new series of ISIHAC started today
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British ComedyThe new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" with Tim & Graeme began today.  It can be heard on BBC Radio 4 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nv8ng) and will be repeated Sunday at noon.

The show will be available for a week after broadcast from the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00nv8ng/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Serie
s_52_Episode_1/


Posted by lisa at 16/11/2009 00:00 GMT
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iPlayer links for Graeme on "The Unbelievable Truth" and "One"
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British Comedy* Graeme appears in the final episode in the current series of "The Unbelievable Truth", which is available from the BBC iPlayer through next Monday evening (London time) at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00npwh2/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_4_Episode_6/

The show will also be repeated on BBC Radio 4 (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4) at noon this Sunday.  The other panellists in this episode are Arthur Smith, Phill Jupitus, and Tony Hawks.


* Graeme can also be heard in the most recent episode of "One", which is available from the BBC iPlayer through this Wednesday evening from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00nkp1w/One_Series_3_Episode_5/


Posted by lisa at 10/11/2009 00:00 GMT
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new series of ISIHAC starts next week (plus other upcoming shows)
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British ComedyTim & Graeme's BBC Radio 4 show "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" returns with a new series on November 16th. Before then we have the final episodes in the current series of "The Unvarnished Truth" and "One", both of which feature Graeme this week. 

Here's a blurb about the new series of Clue:

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Monday 16 November 6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, BBC Radio 4's legendary antidote to panel games, returns for its 52nd series.

In the role of chairman for the series is Jack Dee, taking part in recordings at the Old Vic Theatre in London, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough.

Joining regular panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden at the three recordings are Rob Brydon, David Mitchell and Jo Brand respectively. In the case of David and Jo, it is their first time on the show. Colin Sell provides piano accompaniment.


For a list of other upcoming shows of interst to Goodies fans use the "click here for more" link below.

Posted by lisa at 08/11/2009 10:00 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout 04.11.09
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British ComedyThe following is from the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue mailing list.

Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member

This is to let you know that the final recording in the Autumn series of the show (which starts transmission at 6.30pm on Monday 16th November) will take place at the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough on Sunday 6th December.  Jack Dee will be chairing the show with the regular panel of Tim, Barry and Graeme plus Jo Brand as special guest.  Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Monday 9th November and are priced at £7.50 and £5.  The tickets will be obtainable from the theatre's box office, either by telephone (Tel. 01723 365789 / 374500 / 370742) or by turning up in person. The theatre's address is: Futurist Theatre, Foreshore Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 1NT.  The box office hours are Monday till Saturday 10am till 6pm (Sunday 11am till 4pm).  It's a large theatre (over 2000 seats) so we've been able to keep the ticket price down, and I'm hopeful that more people will be able to obtain tickets than is often the case, but as always it's best to book early as they will almost certainly sell out on the day they go on sale.

Thank you to all who attended our recording at the Old Vic on Monday 26th October and made it such an enjoyable evening.  I hope the lottery ticketing distribution system was deemed to be a less frustrating booking process than before.  The box office had six times as many applications for tickets as there were seats available, so it would appear we did the right thing.  I look forward to seeing many of you at our recording in Chichester next Monday.

With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue


Posted by lisa at 04/11/2009 00:00 GMT
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Tim guests in UK Rocky Horror tour / new Barry Cryer book
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British Comedy* Tim Brooke-Taylor is appearing as a guest star narrator in the current UK tour of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  There's an article about the tour at http://westend.broadwayworld.com/article/THE_ROCKY_HORROR_SHOW_Breaks_Guinne
ss_Book_of_World_Record_for_Largest_Ever_Time_Warp_on_1031_20091031


This page mentions the shows at which Tim will/has appeared:
http://www.rockyhorror.co.uk/cast_creatives


* An interview with Barry Cryer, to promote his new book "Butterfly Brain", can be found at:
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/features/The-stories-of-my-life.5785785.jp


Posted by lisa at 02/11/2009 00:00 GMT
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Jack Dee talks about ISIHAC on "Loose Ends"
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British ComedyJack Dee was a guest on BBC Radio 4's "Loose Ends" this past Saturday, 24 October.  Among other things, he talks about hosting the next series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue".

"Loose Ends" can be heard from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ncfmn/Loose_Ends_24_10_2009/  through this Saturday evening (31 Oct) at 6:00pm London time.


Posted by lisa at 28/10/2009 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again links for shows with Graeme (Satsuma, One, Unbelievable Truth)
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British ComedyHere are Listen Again links for three radio shows with Graeme.  Please note that the "available until" is the time in the UK (though the shows can be heard worldwide).


* The Unbelievable Truth - Series 4 - Episode 3

David Mitchell hosts the game show in which panellists are encouraged to tell lies and compete to see how many items of truth they are able to smuggle past their opponents.
With Arthur Smith, Phill Jupitus, Tony Hawks and Graeme Garden.
Available until: 6:02pm Monday 26th October 2009

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00n80b1/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_4_Episode_3/


* The Long Hot Satsuma Episode 8

Sketch show with Paul B Davies, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Julia Hills and Alison Steadman. From July 1989. Available until: 2:32am Monday 26th October 2009

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00njcy2/Comedy_Catch_Up_The_Long_Hot_Satsuma/



* One - Series 3 Episode 3

Sketch show written by David Quantick, in which no item features more than one voice.
With Graeme Garden, Dan Maier, Johnny Daukes, Deborah Norton, Katie Davies, Dan Antopolski, Andrew Crawford and David Quantick.
Available until: 10:17pm Wednesday 28th October 2009

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00n8pdm/One_Series_3_Episode_3/


Posted by lisa at 23/10/2009 00:00 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout 19.10.09
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British ComedyThe following is a message from the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue mailing list.


-----Original Message-----
From: ISIHAC Info [mailto:isihac@btinternet.com]
Subject: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout 19.10.09

Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member

This is to bring you news of the first two recordings in the forthcoming series of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue'.

As you may have heard recently, Jack Dee has been confirmed as host for this series.

Our first recording is at the Old Vic Theatre, The Cut, London SE1 8NB, on Monday 26th October.  Tickets are £10, £8 and £6.  The panel will comprise the regulars (Tim, Graeme and Barry) plus Rob Brydon.  The recording starts at 7.30pm and will finish no later than 10.30pm.  As the theatre is in London and not large (around 1000 seats) and in the light of the huge inconvenience many people suffered trying to book tickets to the show at Her Majesty's Theatre in April, I have decided to take the advice many of you have been giving me and set up a lottery system for this recording via the Ambassadors Theatre Group ticketing agency used by The Old Vic.  If you are free on the date and would like to attend the recording, to take part in the lottery, you need to click on this link:

http://www.ambassadortickets.com/form.aspx?id=33


Simply follow the instructions and fill in the form.  You have until 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday 20th October) to have registered your interest in buying tickets - then the ATG booking office will make a random selection.  To increase people's chances of getting tickets and hopefully cut down on the touting of tickets, we've restricted them to no more than 2 per applicant.
So - fingers crossed.

Our second recording is at the Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex  P019 6AP on Monday 9th November.  Tickets are again £10, £8 and £6, and again the recording will feature the regular panel plus this time special guest panellist David Mitchell.  Again the recording starts at 7.30pm and will finish no later than 10.30pm.  Tickets for this show are again limited to 2 per applicant and can be obtained from 10am tomorrow (Tuesday 20th October).  They are bookable 24 hours a day at www.cft.org.uk http://www.cft.org.uk/  or via the theatre's box office on 01243 781312 which is open Monday-Saturday from 10am-8pm (6pm when no performance).  You would be strongly advised to book early!

Very sorry to the many of you who have been kind enough to send emails to this address.  I've been on tour and just haven't had a moment to deal with any of them.  I'm not going to get through the backlog for a while - apologies.

With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue


Posted by lisa at 18/10/2009 23:00 GMT
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Jack Dee to host next series of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (which returns 16 Nov
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British ComedyFrom http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8311305.stm

Jack Dee to host Radio 4's Clue 

Comedian Jack Dee will host the next series of long-running BBC Radio 4 show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

The programme was presented by Humphrey Lyttelton for 36 years, until his death last year.

Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon shared hosting duties for the last series of the show.

Dee will take the helm alone for the next series, beginning on 16 November. A permanent new host has still yet to be appointed.


A longer article appears at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/6349225/Jack-Dee-takes-over--Im-Sorry-I-Havent-a-Clue.html - use the "click here for more" link below to read the text.

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Listen Again links for "The Unbelievable Truth", "One" & "The Long Hot Satsuma"
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British ComedyHere are the Listen Again links for three Goodies-related shows that aired earlier this week.  Please note that BBC iplayer radio shows are available for playback worldwide.  To save myself some typing I did a cut & paste of the "available until" info; please note that these are all London time.


* The Long Hot Satsuma - Episode 7.  This is a new to BBC Radio 7 episode of the 1989 sketch show featuring Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, and Alison Steadman.
Available until: 10:32pm Tuesday 13th October 2009
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00n48zz/The_Long_Hot_Satsuma_Episode_7/



* The Unbelievable Truth - Series 4 - Episode 1.  Graeme doesn't appear in this episode, but it does come from his production company (Random) and he'll turn up later in the series.  I thought this was a particularly funny edition of the show (especially recommended to fans of "Top Cat", though you'll have to tune in to find out why...    Available until: 7:02pm Monday 12th October 2009
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00n0qr8/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Episode_1/



* One - Series 3 - Episode 1
Available until: 11:17pm Wednesday 14th October 2009 http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00n1jtk/One_Episode_1/

Posted by lisa at 09/10/2009 00:00 GMT
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ISIHAC ranks highly in influential viewers' group poll
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British ComedyFrom http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/6276001/BBC-Radio-4s-Today-programme-named-the-most-admired-show.html

BBC Radio 4's Today programme named the 'most admired' show

BBC Radio 4's Today has been named as the ''most admired'' programme in British broadcasting by an influential viewers' group.

Published: 7:00AM BST 09 Oct 2009



The agenda-setting news programme topped a list of the 25 most respected shows of the past quarter century to mark the 25th anniversary of the Voice Of The Listener And Viewer.

Leading programme makers and broadcasters were among those who cast their votes.

The accolade comes shortly after the programme provoked the ire of broadcasting minister Ben Bradshaw who complained it was ''biased'' towards the Tories.

Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer said: "We will celebrate soberly and parsimoniously – but we are much cheered. And more than 25 years after the arrival of breakfast television Today goes from strength to strength.

"There remains a huge appetite for the programme – the occasional wart and all. Because it delivers impartial, vigorous, broad and – yes – witty journalism that is unmatched at that time of the day. By a crack team."

Presenter John Humphrys and editor Ceri Thomas collected the award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in London on Wednesday night.

Second in the largely highbrow list was the BBC Proms, the world's largest music festival.

Jewel In The Crown and Inspector Morse were the top-ranked dramas, while Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue – whose long-time presenter Humphrey Lyttelton died last year – was the highest placed comedy.

Richard Lindley, chairman of voice of the Listener and Viewer, said: "These are tough times for broadcasting, with nobody yet sure how we are going to pay for high quality programmes in the future.

"VLV has always campaigned to keep British broadcasting the best in the world. We want this celebration of our 25th anniversary to encourage everyone to make sure we don't let this great British success story end."

Six million listeners tune in every week to catch the Today programme, which has been running since 1957.

The list of the 25 most admired programmes is:

1. Today (BBC Radio 4)

2. The BBC Proms (BBC Radio 3 and BBC TV)

3= The Jewel in the Crown (ITV, 1984)

3= Inspector Morse (ITV)

5= I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (BBC Radio 4)

5= Planet Earth (BBC TV, 2006)

7. Blackadder II (BBC TV, 1986)

8. Death of Yugoslavia – Wars Of Independence (BBC TV, 1995)

9. Bleak House (BBC TV, 2005)

10. Our Friends in the North (BBC TV, 1996)

11. The Singing Detective (BBC TV, 1986)

12. Death On The Rock (This Week) (ITV, 1988)

13= From our own Correspondent (BBC Radio 4)

13= Edge of Darkness (BBC TV, 1985)

15. The Spy Who Never Was (World in Action) (ITV, 1984)

16= In Our Time (BBC Radio 4)

16= 28 Up (ITV, 1984)

16= The Two Ronnies (BBC TV)

19= Dispatches (Channel 4)

19= South Bank Show (ITV)

19= State of Play (BBC TV, 2003)

19= Channel 4 News (Channel 4)

19= The Thick of It (BBC TV)

19= Newsnight (BBC TV)

25. Test Match Special (BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra)


Posted by lisa at 08/10/2009 23:00 GMT
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Daily Mail interview of Graeme Garden
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British ComedyThere's an interesting interview of Graeme in the Daily Mail's heath section (online at
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1218381/Under-microscope-Comedian-Graeme-Garden.html - this web page includes a recent photo of Graeme).

Use the "click here for more" link below to read a cut & paste of the article.




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ISIHAC tour articles (including interviews with Graeme & Jack Dee)
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British ComedyHere are three articles from This is South Devon.co.uk about the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Stage Tour show at the Princess Theatre in Torquay:

  * Interview with Graeme: http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/entertainment/Unmissable-inspired-nonsense/article-1387891-detail/article.html

    * Review of Torquay Show: http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/entertainment/Kazoo-chorus-salutes-outstanding/article-1396047-detail/article.html

    * Interview with Jack Dee: http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/entertainment/Deadpan-Jack-game-laugh-hone
stly/article-1395755-detail/article.html


Use the "click here for more" link below for cut & pastes of the articles.


Posted by lisa at 06/10/2009 00:00 GMT
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ISIHAC tour review from the Liverpool Daily Post
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British Comedy"I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" tour review from the Liverpool Daily Post (at http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-life-features/liverpool-arts/2009/09/30/review-i-m-sorry-i-haven-t-a-clue-southport-theatre-92534-24815045/ )

REVIEW: I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Southport Theatre
Sep 30 2009 by Peter Elson, Liverpool Daily Post

LIKE a comedy comfort blanket, the I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue stage show wrapped itself warmly around a packed Southport Theatre.

The stage version of the iconic, yet iconoclastic Radio 4 antidote to panel games was indistinguishable from its parent, complete with series producer Jon Naismith acting as warm-up man.

Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor have been panellists with the radio show for 38 years – and that’s as long as I've been faithfully listening to it.

Like many of the audience, I could mouth along to some of the routines, such as the Julie Andrews Censored Song Book.

So-called “newcomer” Jeremy Hardy has been with this celebration of silliness for years and is equally adept at the quick wit for which the show is famed.

But the big problem has been finding a substitute chairman for the late, great Humphrey Lyttleton.

Luckily, his successor here, Jack Dee, has a comic persona strong enough to effortlessly anchor the mayhem.

The panel may be looking a bit jowly, paunchy and grey-haired, but their enthusiasm and comic timing are undimmed.

But then, what’s not to like in a show where you walk away at the end of the night with a free kazoo?

PETER ELSON


Posted by lisa at 30/09/2009 00:00 GMT
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new series of "The Unbelievable Truth" & "One" with Graeme start next week
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British ComedyNew series of "The Unbelievable Truth" and "One" start on BBC Radio 4 next week.  Graeme will make appearances in both series.  Below are blurbs about both series,.  Use the "click here fore more" link below to see a list of other upcoming shows.

THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH
Six episodes starting Monday, 5 October
6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

David Mitchell hosts the fourth series of this acclaimed general knowledge-based comedy panel game, in which four comedians are encouraged to tell lies and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they are able to smuggle past their opponents.

Each panellist has to deliver a lecture on a given topic - for example Elizabeth I, Cats, The Human Body or Morris Dancing - which must be entirely untrue, except for five unlikely facts. The job of their opponents is to challenge if they think they've detected an element of truth.

Devised by Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith, the team behind BBC Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, the new series begins with a special recording from this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival featuring comedians Rhod Gilbert, Adam Hill, Shappi Khorsandi and Reginald D Hunter.

Presenter/David Mitchell, Producer/Jon Naismith



ONE
Six episodes starting Wednesday 7 October 11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 4

The sketch show in which each sketch features only one voice, returns for a new series.

The comedy features internal monologues, speeches, video diaries, messages, broadcasts, dictation - any form of solitary communication or monologue, with one voice only per sketch.

One is written and conceived by David Quantick with additional material by Graeme Garden, Dan Maier, Kevin Cecil, Johnny Daukes and Katie Maskell. It features the vocal talents of Deborah Norton, Lizzie Roper, Johnny Daukes, Dan Antopolski, Graeme Garden, Andrew Crawford, Alistair McGowan, Richard Bacon, Dan Maier and David Quantick.

Producer/Jon Naismith


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Listen Again links (Satsuma, Doctor Who, Radio Fun)
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British Comedy* The Long Hot Satsuma Episode 5 (with Graeme) - this episode is new to BBC Radio 7 and will be available from Listen Again through next Tuesday at 10:30pm London time:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00mv1sg/The_Long_Hot_Satsuma_Episode_5/


* Thanks to Sosia for this info - "BBC Radio 7 are currently repeating the Doctor Who adventures which Graeme and Tim appeared in. Graeme's episode, Max Warp, is on this Friday 26th September at 6pm (repeated at midnight).
Tim's episode, The Zygon Who Fell To Earth, is on Thursday 1st October, also at 6pm and midnight. Both will be available via the BBC iPlayer for 7 days following their broadcast"

Doctor Who - The Eighth Doctor Adventures Series 2 - Max Warp (with Graeme).
Available from Listen Again through next Friday at 6:52pm London Time:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00f676q/Doctor_Who_The_Eighth_Doctor_A
dventures_Series_2_Max_Warp/



Also, "Beyond the Vortex - Full Throttle" (director of Max Warp talks about the episode): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00f68gg/Beyond_the_Vortex_Series_2_Ful
l_Throttle/



* Radio Fun: The Story of Radio Comedy Episode 11, which talks about "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" (available from Listen Again until Sunday at 5:30pm London time): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007jtmq/Radio_Fun_The_Story_of_Radio_C
omedy_Episode_11/



Posted by lisa at 25/09/2009 00:00 GMT
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Sept 24th Graeme interview on the Judie Spiers Show
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British ComedyThanks to Jenny_Gibbon for the following, which she posted in the www.goodiesruleok.com forums:

Graeme's interview on Radio Devon on the judie spiers show was on today.
It's a good listen!  Here's a link to it
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p004fny4/Judi_Spiers_Show_24_09_2009/ 

The interview is at around the 1.24 mark,and there's a good mention at the begining


Posted by lisa at 25/09/2009 00:00 GMT
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The Guardian's "Comedy preview" of the ISIHAC tour
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British ComedyFrom http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2009/sep/26/sorry-havent-clue-tour

Comedy preview: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, on tour

James Kettle
The Guardian, Saturday 26 September 2009

Like Private Eye, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue is one of those comic institutions where the idiosyncrasies and familiar jokes are glorious fun for the initiated, but mildly baffling to the outsider. If you're yet to master the non-rules of Mornington Crescent or blind to the enormous humorous value of the words "Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia", then do persevere. Sooner or later it's going to hook you, and you'll wonder how you ever sat in an early evening tailback without it. Now, just a few years from its 40th anniversary, Clue is still delivering top-drawer consistency, despite the passing of beyond-legendary chairman Humphrey Lyttelton. Master of ceremonies for this tour is Jack Dee, providing a deadpan pivot for the flurry of puns and silliness to be expected from regulars Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

• Centaur, Cheltenham, Sat; New Wimbledon Theatre, SW19, Sun; Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Mon; Southport Theatre, Tue; Grand Opera House, York, Wed


Posted by lisa at 25/09/2009 00:00 GMT
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review of Portsmouth ISIHAC stage show (contains SPOILERS)
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British ComedyHere's a brief review of the I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue stage show at the Portsmouth Guildhall.  It does contain some spoilers. (A list of other upcoming dates can be found in our FAQ.


From http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/entertainment/I39m-Sorry-I-Haven39t-A.5666866.jp

I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue

At Portsmouth Guildhall

22 September 2009
By Simon Evans

I've been a listener to the comic meanderings of the ISIHAC (as they are known for short!) team for as long as I can remember, but never seen them perform on stage before.
I was worried. Would seeing the show be as much fun as just hearing it?

The worry was misplaced. The teams; Tim Brooke-Taylor with Jeremy Hardy and Graeme Garden with Barry Cryer were on good form. Although much of the show is scripted there is room for improvisation.

The music rounds have always made me laugh most and tonight – with the marvellous Colin Sell on piano – we witnessed a treat. In Old Songs New Words we saw Barry Cryer perform an admirable My Old Man's A Dustman to the tune of Heartbreak Hotel but the limelight was stolen by the musically challenged Jeremy Hardy whose Kung Fu Fighting sung to the tune of Scarborough Fair was hilarious.

Many of the old-favourites made an appearance; the slogan round (Portsmouth: Gateway To Havant was one gem), and Uxbridge English Dictionary ('insolent' redefined as: 'to fall off the Isle Of Wight ferry).

The second music round, Pick Up Song where the contestant is asked to sing along to a song which is faded out, attempting to keep pace when it's faded back in again, proved to be my highlight.

Posted by lisa at 22/09/2009 00:00 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout 16.09.09
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British ComedyHere's a message from the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue mailing list:

Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member,

Just to let you know we will be announcing the venues and hosts for the forthcoming series of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue in early October.  It is our intention to continue with different hosts for each show, at least for the next series.

Meantime, we are soon to be in the midst of a small tour of the UK.  Do come and see the show if you can.  We had a terrific reception in Woking and Carlisle for the July dates.

The show stars the regular team with Jeremy Hardy our guest panellist and Jack Dee in the chair.

Apologies to those who booked in Dartford only to find the show was cancelled due to a power cut.  We were waiting in a nearby hotel to see if the power could be restored in time.  Alas, it couldn't.

Most of these tour dates are completely sold out, but some do still have tickets available.  Our booker Helen Chattwell has been phoning round the theatres to see if they can come up with any offers exclusive to members of our mailing list.  Here's what she's managed:


SEPTEMBER

Fri 18 - MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE (0844 847 2295) Are offering £5 off tickets in the Grand Tier to members of this list.  The offer is only available by phone, and you need to quote the password 'Jack Dee'.

Sun 20 - BRISTOL HIPPODROME (0844 847 2325 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk/venue/189858)
Are also offering £5 off tickets in certain seats.  The offer is available over the internet (password 'Mornington') and with the password 'Mornington Crescent offer' if booking by phone.

Mon 21 - PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL (023 9282 4355) Are also offering £5 off selected seats to members of this list.  It's only available to phone bookers, and you need to quote the password 'Mornington Crescent'

Sat 26 - CENTAUR CHELTENHAM  (01242 572573 booking via the Everyman Theatre Box Office) Will offer £5 off selected seats to members of the mailing list, but only if they telephone the box office and quote the 'Mornington Crescent' password.

Sun 27 - NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE (0844 871 7646 or www.ambassadortickets.com/New-Wimbledon-Theatre)
Are offering a discount on tickets to an added matinee performance at 2.30pm just to members of this mailing list.  They say: 'On the 19th September we will release 100 tickets at a special price of £19 especially for ISIHAC fans.  Available on Price Band A and B, matinee performance only.  Only available by calling the box office on 0844 871 7646'.
You need to say you're on the mailing list and our calling about the discounted tickets.

Each show starts at 7.30pm and should be finished by around 10pm.


Finally, I should alert you to the fact that a book entitled 'The Clue Bible - The Fully Authorised History of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue', from Footlights to Mornington Crescent', by Jem Roberts, is shortly to be published by a division of Random House.  We'll have an offer for members of the mailing list in the next mailout.  Meantime, here's how the book describes itself: "The official, definitive, exhaustive, complete, history and doings of the antidote to panel games: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.  With forewords by Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor".


That's about the size of it.  We'd like to thank you all for your continued support, and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our forthcoming shows.

With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Posted by lisa at 16/09/2009 00:00 GMT
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Satsuma link / Graeme interview / Humph in Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
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British ComedyA couple of news stories from the last few days.

* The Listen Again link for episode 4 of "The Long Hot Satsuma", which made its BBC Radio 7 debut today, is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00mq4pf/The_Long_Hot_Satsuma_Episode_4/  The show, which features Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, & Alison Steadman, can be heard through next Tuesday evening (London time).

* An interview with Graeme, to promote the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Official Stage Tour, appeared in yesterday's edition of the Liverpool Daily Post.  Use the "click here for more" link below for a cut & paste of the article.


* A quote from Humphrey Lyttelton is to appear in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.  The quote is: "As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from desiccation".  The full story, from The Telegraph, can be read using the "click here for more" link below.



Posted by lisa at 15/09/2009 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again links for "The Long Hot Satsuma" episodes 2 & 3
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British ComedyEpisode 3 of "The Long Hot Satsuma", which has been repeated by BBC Radio 7 previously, is now available from Listen Again at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00mjnwg/The_Long_Hot_Satsuma_Episode_3/
  Available until: 9:02am Tuesday 15th September 2009 (London time)


Because Episode 2 was included in BBC Radio 7's "Comedy Catch Up" this past Sunday that episode will be available through the weekend from the following link.  Note that this is one of the newly recovered episodes which made its first appearance on Radio 7 last week.
  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00mq4xz/Comedy_Catch_Up_The_Long_Hot_Satsuma/
  Available until: 3:02am Monday 14th September 2009 (London time)

Posted by lisa at 08/09/2009 00:00 GMT
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Graeme interviews to promote the ISIHAC Stage Tour
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British ComedyWith the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Stage Tour about to hit the road again (a run of 16 dates start Sept. 18th - details here) the team are out doing interviews.

Here are some details from Graeme.

    * He has recently spoken to the Gloucester News and the Liverpool Echo. Let us know if you find a copy of the articles!

    * He did a live broadcast the morning of Friday, 4 Sept on Radio Merseyside (which may be available from http://www.bbc.co.uk/merseyside/programmes/schedules/2009/09/04 - we'll try to figure out which show it's in once the Listen Again links start working again).

    * He's recorded an interview for BBC Radio Gloucester but doesn't know when it’s due to go out.  The station's homepage is http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/gloucestershire/hi/tv_and_radio/

    * On Sept 24th at 10.30am he's scheduled to be interviewed by Judi Spiers on BBC Radio Devon.  The station's homepage is http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/local_radio/

I'll pass along more info when it becomes available.  Please let us know if you spot any interviews!

Posted by lisa at 05/09/2009 00:00 GMT
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The Long Hot Satsuma episode 2 / ISIHAC Volume 11
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British Comedy* The second episode of "The Long Hot Satsuma" (starring Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, & Alison Steadman) was aired on BBC Radio 7 for the first time yesterday.  The show can be heard worldwide for a week (until Tues, 8 Sept at 10:30pm London time) from the BBC iPlayer at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007k3q5/The_Long_Hot_Satsuma_Episode_2/



* I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Volume 11 has been released; it is available as a 2 CD set and also as a digital download.  The latest set includes four compilation episodes featuring chairman Humphrey Lyttelton, panelists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, & Barry Cryer, and guest panelists Stephen Fry, Jack Dee, Rob Brydon, & Jeremy Hardy.  Perhaps not coincidentally, Stephen, Jack & Rob were the guest chairs for the most recent series of Clue (which was broadcast a few months ago on BBC Radio 4).

Here's a more detailed description of the set from
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Im-Sorry-Havent-Clue-Audio/dp/1405688378/ :

Another four compilations from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series. This eleventh collection of the antidote to panel games finds the late Humphrey Lyttelton giving regular panelists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do to - along with special guests Stephen Fry, Jack Dee, Rob Brydon & Jeremy Hardy. Highlights include One Song to the Tune of Another, 84 Chicken Cross Road, Sound Charades, Notes & Queries, Uxbridge English Dictionary, Tennis Chat-up Lines, Swanee Kazoo and, of course, the brilliantly baffling, fiendishly funny Mornington Crescent. So get ready to laugh out loud as Humph and the gang indulge in more wonderful wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha, who likes to sit on Humph's left hand. 'Risky, rude, brilliantly written and superbly performed' - The Judges, Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Posted by lisa at 02/09/2009 00:00 GMT
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reminder/updates about ISIHAC official stage tour
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British ComedyJust a reminder that the 2009 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Official Stage Tour resumes in a few weeks.  Here are updates about a few venues:

    * Wimbledon - has added a 2:30pm show in addition to the 7:30pm show (both on Sept. 27th)

    * Basingstoke - the 7:30pm show has sold out.  Tickets are still available for the 2:30pm show

    * Leicester - currently sold out online.  Please contact the Box Office (on 0116 233 3111) for current availability


Please visit our FAQ for a more detailed list which includes URLs to the venues, box office phone numbers, and online booking links.


Posted by lisa at 02/09/2009 00:00 GMT
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radio repeats / Unbelievable Truth tickets
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British Comedy* BBC Radio 4 is repeating the first series of "I've Never Seen Star Wars" on Thursday nights. Tim appeared in the fifth episode, which should air on September 17th.

* BBC Radio 7 is repeating two series in which Graeme contributed as a writer or script editor.  The first series of "The Hudson & Pepperdine Show" is being repeated on Monday evening. Starting next week the first series of "Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off" returns on Wednesday evenings.

* The first episode of "The Long Hot Satsuma" is available from the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007jwxv/The_Long_Hot_Satsuma_Episode_1/ until next Tuesday at 10:30pm London time.  Note that this episode is one of the two which have previously been repeated by BBC Radio 7 (it features a Tennessee Williams parody). 

* Many thanks to Jenny_Gibbon for posting the following in the www.goodiesruleok.com forums:

I got a mail out from the BBC audience ticket list. The next series of The Unbelievable truth is being recorded next month. And Graeme's in the cast list. 

Here's a copy of the mailout.


The Unbelievable Truth
10 and 17 September, Shaw Theatre
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David Mitchell hosts the fourth series of The Unbelievable Truth.

A panel game in which panellists are encouraged to tell lies and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they are able to smuggle past their opponents

Panellists will be:
Henning Wehn
Clive Anderson
Fi Glover
Dom Joly
Arthur Smith
Phill Jupitus
Tony Hawks
Graeme Garden

Recording on Thursday 10 and 17 September at the Shaw Theatre, 110 Euston Road, London NW1 2AJ. Doors open at 7pm.

To apply for tickets, visit the BBC Tickets Website or call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227*.

We look forward to seeing you in our audience very soon.

Kind regards


Posted by lisa at 28/08/2009 00:00 GMT
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BBC7 repeats full series of "The Long Hot Satsuma" starting Tues, Aug. 25
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British ComedyOn Tuesdays starting 25 Aug,  BBC Radio 7
(www.bbc.co.uk/radio7) will be repeating the full eight-episode series of "The Long Hot Satsuma", the late 1980's radio series starring Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, and Alison Steadman.  Each episode will be available for a week after broadcast from Listen Again.

Use the "click here for more" link below to see information about other upcoming shows of interest to Goodies fans.

Posted by lisa at 23/08/2009 00:00 GMT
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Bill on "The Funny Side of...Animals" on iPlayer (available in the UK)
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British ComedyThanks to Jenny_Gibbon for posting this news in the forums:

Bill was featured on the funny side of...Animals, at 21.35 tonight on bbc2. It's now available on Iplayer [available to fans in the UK].  Here's the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00m9f4k/The_Funny_Side_of..._Animals


Posted by lisa at 20/08/2009 00:00 GMT
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ISIHAC producer Jon Naismith on Radio 4's "Feedback"
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British ComedyI'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue producer Jon Naismith appeared on last Friday's edition of BBC Radio 4's "Feedback" to talk about the experience of returning to the airwaves without Humphrey Lyttelton.

The show can be heard worldwide from the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00lq943/Feedback_24_07_2009/ until Friday, 31 July at 2:00pm London time.

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ISIHAC tour update - tickets on sale in Northampton & Leicester
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British ComedyThe 2009 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Official Stage tour starts this week. Tickets for most of the July dates (other than the Woking matinee) are sold out online but the theatres' websites advise calling their Box Offices, which may still have seats available.

Some updates:

* Tickets are now on sale for Northampton, which has two shows on Oct 3rd (at 2:30pm & 7:30pm) http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/ticketing/prodDetail.aspx?tessID=9557


* Tickets for Leicester are now on sale http://www.demontforthall.co.uk/events/events.php/2009/340/i-m-sorry-i-haven
-t-a-clue



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Bill's episode of "Raiders of the Lost Archive" coming up at last
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British Comedy"Raiders of the Lost Archive" episodes 2 & 3 are finally being screened on ITV on Tues, July 21st & 28th.  The first episode should air at 22:30; check your local listings to confirm times for both episodes.  Bill Oddie appears in the second edition, which includes clips from "BBC3" and "Engelbert and the Young Generation".  (Thanks to Sosia & Andrew Pixley for this info).

Also of note, Goodies repeats are currently running on The Comedy Channel in Australia and Comedy Central New Zealand

For a list of other upcoming TV & radio shows of interest to Goodies fans use the "click here for more" link below.
 

Posted by lisa at 14/07/2009 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again link for latest ISIHAC
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British Comedy"I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" series 51 episode 5 (from Monday, 13 July) with guest chair Rob Brydon and guest panelist Phill Jupitus can be heard online from:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ljy2b/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_51_Episode_5/

The episode will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4) this coming Sunday at noon.

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Tim & Graeme to appear at Sydney's World's Funniest Island Festival in Oct
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British ComedyMore details at last about Tim & Graeme's return to Australia, as reported in today's Sydney Morning Herald (at http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/arts/comedy-castaways/2009/07/09/1246732417051.html):

Comedy castaways
July 10, 2009

Cockatoo Island is about to host a weekend of wall-to-wall laughs, writes Elissa Blake.

An ambitious new comedy festival is aiming to turn Cockatoo Island into an annual laugh extravaganza. It plans to feature dozens of local and international acts ranging from burlesque, street theatre and student reviews to renowned comics, a controversial musical and even a clever remake of Mad Max with overdubs.

"This is a festival for a city with attention deficit disorder," cackles John Pinder, director of World's Funniest Island, the "world's first all-day, all-evening comedy festival", which takes over the Sydney Harbour venue on October 17-18.

"We know Sydney is a city that wants things to happen right now and be over by Monday morning. So this will be like a rock festival, only full of hilarious comedy."

World's Funniest Island will feature more than 200 international and local comedians performing in 18 venues over two days. One of the headline acts will be legendary British comedian, actor and author Alexei Sayle, best known as the students' landlord in The Young Ones, for the spoken word hit 'Ullo John! Got A New Motor? and a minor yet memorable role in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.

"Alexei Sayle is one of a pantheon of great British comedians," Pinder says. "They had a little show in a London strip club and Alexei would host the show saying, 'Hello I'm an alternative comedian and I'm non-racist, non-sexist and not f---ing funny!' Then he'd have a string of jokes that are totally unprintable," Pinder says.

Sayle will perform two shows at the World's Funniest Island. One is based on excerpts from a selection of the comic novels he's written over the past decade. The other will be an "Evening With Alexei Sayle", with anecdotes from his time with The Young Ones and the Comic Strip Club. "He's older and balder now but still incredibly funny," Pinder says.

Some of the other early acts announced include British comedy legends The Goodies' Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden in a show hosted by The Chaser's Andrew Hansen (see box), stand-up comics Wil Anderson and Fiona O'Loughlin and radio stars Merrick and Rosso.

The controversial new comic musical Beaconsfield: The Musical, a hit of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, is also part of the line-up. Other musical acts include the

a capella choir Spooky Men's Chorale and Die Roten Punkte, an outrageous - allegedly German - rock act. There will also be a whole venue dedicated to all-day student revue-style comedy sponsored by the University of Sydney.

At the end of each night, Mad Max The Remix, a crazy one-hour comic cut-up of all three Mad Max films by performer Eddie Sharp, will screen with overdubs by a team of live actors. The story follows Max, the greatest dancer of all time, on his quest to join Miss Tina's prestigious Bartertown Dance academy.

More headline acts will be announced on July 14 when the website goes live (worldsfunniest island.com) with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Cockatoo Island, which has already played host to the Biennale of Sydney and the Nick Cave-curated music festival, All Tomorrow's Parties, will be crawling with street performers, musicians and stand-up comics during the two-day festival. There will be more than 60 market stalls, 20 food outlets and 15 bars. The festival is an all-ages event with children under five allowed in free with an adult, there will be over-18 wristbands to purchase alcohol and some shows will be adults only.

Ferries will run in three shifts in the morning and late at night with punters being asked to nominate their preferred departure time (from Circular Quay or King Street Wharf) at the time of ticket purchase.

"If you come early there will be a breakfast gala showcasing a potpourri of performers that you can choose to see again later in the day," Pinder says. "Then there will be a big bang of headline acts around midday and peak shows mid-evening. Everyone will be out by 1am at the latest and they can come back the next day and do it all over again."

A group claiming to be not a comedy act is riotous Die Roten Punkte. Brother and sister Otto and Astrid have been stunning audiences throughout the world with their high-energy Ramones-meets-the Cure tomfoolery. "Our manager keeps booking us into comedy festivals but ve are real rock and roll," Otto insists in his flamboyantly German-accented English. "Sometimes ze people are laughing but ve don't mind. Ve are playing at ze end of both nights unt ve just vant people to rock out, ja!"

WORLD'S FUNNIEST ISLAND
October 17-18, 10am-midnight, Cockatoo Island, one-day pass $120, two-day pass $210. One ticket offers access to all shows on that day. Tickets on sale July 20.


Posted by lisa at 10/07/2009 00:00 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout - UK Tour Dates 2009
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British ComedyHere's a mailing from the official ISIHAC mailing list about the upcoming tour.

Please note that some of the shows are starting to sell out.  If a show is sold out online it may be worthwhile calling the box office, as they sometimes have a separate allocation of tickets.

Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member,

I hope you have been enjoying the new series of the programme.  I've been inundated with emails in praise of Jack Dee's recent chairmanship, which is just as well, as Jack will be hosting our third UK Tour of the show, which starts with three dates in July, and continues in late September and early October.  Apologies to those of you in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - we were unlucky with venues but will try for some further dates in early 2010.  In the meantime, this is the full schedule:

JULY

Wed 22 - ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD (01322 220 000 or www.orchardtheatre.co.uk)

Thurs 23 - NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING (0844 871 7627 or www.ambassadortickets.com/New-Victoria-Theatre)

Sat 25 - SANDS THEATRE CARLISLE (01228 625 222 or www.thesandscentre.co.uk)


SEPTEMBER

Fri 18 - MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE (0844 847 2295 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk/venue/189249)

Sun 20 - BRISTOL HIPPODROME (0844 847 2325 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk/venue/189858)

Mon 21 - PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL (023 9282 4355 or www.portsmouthguildhall.co.uk)

Tues 22 - CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE (01223 357 851 or www.cornex.co.uk)

Wed 23 - ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM (0115 989 5555 or www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk)

Fri 25 - ST GEORGES CONCERT HALL, BRADFORD (01274 432000 or www.bradford-theatres.co.uk)

Sat 26 - CENTAUR CHELTENHAM  (01242 572573 or https://tickets.everymantheatre.org.uk - booking via the Everyman Theatre Box Office)

Sun 27 - NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE (0844 871 7627 or www.ambassadortickets.com/New-Wimbledon-Theatre)

Mon 28 - BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL (0121 780 3333 or www.thsh.co.uk)

Tues 29 - SOUTHPORT THEATRE (0844 847 2380 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk/venue/189855)

Wed 30 - YORK GRAND OPERA HOUSE (0844 847 2322 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk/venue/189384)


OCTOBER

Sat 3 - DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON (01604 624811 or www.royalandderngate.co.uk)

Sun 4 - BASINGSTOKE ANVIL (01256 844244 or www.anvilarts.org.uk)

Mon 5 - PRINCESS THEATRE, TORQUAY (0844 847 2315 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk/venue/189861)

Tues 6 - EASTBOURNE CONGRESS THEATRE (01323 412000 or www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk)

Wed 7 - DE MONTFORD HALL LEICESTER (0116 233 3111 or www.demontforthall.co.uk)

Not all the September/October venues may have put their tickets on sale yet, but all should have within a few days.  Like previous touring shows, this show will include some of the most popular rounds played on the programme over the years - there should be be some real highlights. And once more, Tim, Barry and Graeme will be joined by Jeremy Hardy.  As usual it's advisable to book early as the shows tend to sell out quite quickly.  Each show starts at 7.30pm and should be finished by around 10pm.

That's about the size of it.  We'd like to thank you all for your continued support, and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these shows.

With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue


Posted by lisa at 08/07/2009 00:00 GMT
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ISIHAC Live on Stage DVD to be released in Australia
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British ComedyThanks to New_Roosterman for the news that the "I'm Sorry I haven't A Clue - Live on Stage" DVD is due to be released in Australia in August. EzyDVD are listing the release date as 6 August 2009. The link to the item is http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/806865

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Further updates about ISIHAC tour dates (including first sold out show!)
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British ComedyFurther tour updates, based on info available on the theatre websites (full details, including dates, venues, & URLs, are available in our FAQ):

  * WOKING - a second show has been added on July 23rd.  There are currently shows at 2:30pm and 7:30pm (tickets currently are available for both).

  * CAMBRIDGE has sold out!

  * CHELTENHAM - tickets are finally available for online booking from https://tickets.everymantheatre.org.uk/default.asp

  * WIMBLEDON tickets (for the Sept. 27th show) are now available for sale to the general public from http://www.ambassadortickets.com/1354/679/Wimbledon/New-Wimbledon-Theatre/I'm-Sorry-I-Haven't-A-Clue

  * EASTBORNE (Oct. 6th) is now on sale from http://www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/What%27s_On/show.asp?showID=1756

Posted by lisa at 06/07/2009 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again link for latest episode of ISIHAC
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British ComedyThe latest edition of Tim & Graeme's radio show "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue"
(series 51 episode 4 from 6 June 2009) is now available from the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00lg8hd  This can be heard worldwide.  The show will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 this coming Sunday at noon.

Also currently available on iPlayer is BBC Radio 7's "Comedy Greats - The Seventies Part One". Hosted by Barry Cryer, this show includes an episode of "Hello Cheeky" (the series starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, & John Junkin). It can be heard from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b007jtlc


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update about ISIHAC stage tour dates
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British ComedyAn update about the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Official Stage Tour, which runs from July 22 - Oct 7, 2009.  Full details, including URLs for the theaters, can be found in our FAQ


    * Dates currently on sale: Dartford, Woking, Carlisle, Manchester, Bristol, Portsmouth, Cambridge, Nottingham, Bradford, Cheltenham, Birmingham, Southport, York, Torquay

    * Wimbledon is currently only on sale to Friends of the Theatre; tickets are to go on sale to the general public soon.  Details at http://www.ambassadortickets.com/1354/679/Wimbledon/New-Wimbledon-Theatre/I'm-Sorry-I-Haven't-A-Clue

    * The previously announced Oct. 4th date in Bournemouth has dropped off the official ISIHAC website (http://www.isihac.net/tour_dates2.html).  It's likely this date has been cancelled.

Posted by lisa at 01/07/2009 00:00 GMT
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Latest ISIHAC episode (with Jack Dee as Chair) on iPlayer
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British ComedyThis Monday's edition of BBC Radio 4's "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (series 51 episode 3) is available worldwide from the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00lb272.  This episode features Jack Dee's first appearance as guest chair and panelists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, & Jeremy Hardy.

Episode 2 is also still available through this coming Sunday from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00l55xk.  In that edition Stephen Fry is the chair and the guest panelist joining Tim, Graeme, and Barry is Victoria Wood.

Posted by lisa at 30/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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Monday's episode of ISIHAC on iPlayer; ISIHAC stage tour update; ISIRTA repeat
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British Comedy* This Monday's new episode of "I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue" can be heard worldwide from the BBC iPlayer from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00l55xk.  This episode will be available until the next episode airs next Monday.  The show will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 Sunday at noon.

* An episode of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" (with Tim, Graeme, & Bill) was included in BBC Radio 7's "Comedy Greats - The Sixties Part 1"; it can be heard until Saturday from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b007jthv


* The dates for the 2009 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Stage Tour have been posted on the show's official website at http://www.isihac.net/tour_dates2.html

We've updated the show information in the fan club's FAQ (http://www.goodiesruleok.com/faq.php?topic=13) to provide additional details where possible such as links to the venues' websites, URLs for booking tickets, box office phone numbers, & ticket prices.  Please note that in addition to the info sent yesterday the Torquay date is also on sale.  As always, additions & corrections are welcome.

Posted by lisa at 24/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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updated list of on sale ISIHAC tour dates
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British ComedyWhile only a few dates in the 2009 I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Stage Tour have been officially announced, Chortle recently published a longer list of dates (http://www.chortle.co.uk/shows/tour/i/17368/im_sorry_i_havent_a_clue_2009).  In checking the venues’ websites I found that many dates appear to have gone on sale.

Below is a compilation of the information I’ve been able to gather so far - bear in mind that details may change as the producers finalize the tour schedule.

Additions & corrections to the following are most welcome!

* 22nd July
The Orchard Theatre, Dartford – TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets: £25
Box office: 01322 220000
venue URL: http://www.orchardtheatre.co.uk/index.asp
event URL: http://www.orchardtheatre.co.uk/wrt-productions_details.asp?pid=2733 


* Thursday 23rd Jul
Woking New Victoria Theatre – TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets: £22, £24 and £26
Box office: 0844 871 7615
venue URL: http://www.ambassadortickets.com/New-Victoria-Theatre
event URL:  http://www.ambassadortickets.com/1330/689/New-Victoria-Theatre/Sorry-I-Haven't-A-Clue


* 25th July
The Sands Centre, Carlisle – TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets: £22 and £24
Box office: 01228 625222
venue URL: http://www.thesandscentre.co.uk/ 
online bookings:
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_northeast&query=detail&event=324819   


* Friday 18th Sept
Manchester Opera House  – TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets: £22.00-£24.00
venue URL: http://www.ofsstudio.org.uk/index.asp?VenueID=105
event URL: http://www.ofsstudio.org.uk/prod-productions_details.asp?VenueID=105&pid=1930


* Sunday 20th Sept
Bristol Hippodrome – TICKETS ON SALE

Booking by phone from Ticketmaster - 0844 847 2325
venue URL: http://www.ofsstudio.org.uk/index.asp?VenueID=90
event URL: http://www.ofsstudio.org.uk/prod-productions_details.asp?VenueID=90&pid=1930


* Monday 21st Sept
Portsmouth Guildhall – TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets: £25.00
Box Office: 023 9282 4355
venue URL: http://www.portsmouthguildhall.co.uk/
event URL: http://www.eventbookingsonline.co.uk/peo_guildhall/daily_events_list.asp


* Tuesday 22nd Sept
Cambridge Corn Exchange – TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets: £25.00, £22.00, £18.00
Box Office: 01223 357 851
venue URL: http://www.cornex.co.uk/ccm/portal/
event URL: http://www.cornex.co.uk/ccm/cornex/2009/im-sorry-i-havent-a-clue.en


* Wednesday 23rd Sept
Nottingham Royal Centre – TICKETS ON SALE

Box Office: 0115 9895555
venue URL: http://www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk/
event URL: http://www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk/default.asp?id=545


* Friday 25th Sept
Bradford St George's Hall 

Tickets: £19, £23 & £25
Box Office: 01274 432000
venue URL: http://www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/
event URL: http://www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/listing.asp?searchoption=&searchvenue=4&searchmonth=9
How to Book info: http://www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/box_office_how_to_book.asp


* Saturday 26th Sept
Cheltenham The Centaur
 
Box Office: The Everyman 01242 512515
venue URL: http://www.thecentauratcheltenham.com/
event URL: http://www.thecentauratcheltenham.com/07cpel.html


* Sunday 27th Sept
New Wimbledon Theatre
 
venue URL: http://www.ambassadortickets.com/New-Wimbledon-Theatre


* Monday, 28th Sept
Symphony Hall, Birmingham – TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets: £23.50 and £25.50
Box office: 0121 780 3333
venue URL: http://www.thsh.co.uk 
event URL: http://www.thsh.co.uk/view/im-sorry-i-haven-t-a-clue 


* Tuesday 29th Sept
Southport Theatre – TICKETS ON SALE

Box Office:  Call Ticketmaster on 0844 847
venue URL: http://www.ofsstudio.org.uk/index.asp?VenueID=109
event URL: http://www.ofsstudio.org.uk/prod-productions_details.asp?VenueID=109&pid=126


* Wednesday 30th Sept
York Grand Opera House – TICKETS ON SALE

venue URL: http://www.ofsstudio.org.uk/index.asp?VenueID=94
event URL: http://www.ofsstudio.org.uk/prod-productions_details.asp?VenueID=94&pid=126


* Saturday 3rd Oct
Northampton Royal & Derngate
 
venue URL:http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/en/Home


* Sunday 4th Oct
Bournemouth Opera House
 
venue URL: http://www.operahouse.co.uk/home.php


* Monday 5th Oct
Torquay Princess Theatre
 
venue URL: http://www.ofsstudio.org.uk/index.asp?VenueID=107


* Tuesday 6th Oct
Eastbourne Congress Theatre
 
venue URL: http://www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/About_Us/Congress.asp 


* Wednesday 7th Oct
Leicester De Montfort Hall
 
venue URL: http://www.demontforthall.co.uk/?cat_id=1&level=1

Posted by lisa at 22/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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Barry Cryer interview on BBC Radio Scotland
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British ComedyI've just come across an interview with Barry (who discusses "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue", among other things) from BBC Radio Scotland's "Comedy Zone" last Friday (12 June).  The show should be available for another day from

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00l13xw/Comedy_Zone_12_06_2009/

Barry's interview starts around the 5 hour 4 minute mark.


Posted by lisa at 17/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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Times articles about the new series of "I"m Sorry I Haven't A Clue"
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British ComedyThe first episode of the new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" is now available worldwide from Listen Again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00l0xxg (if you have trouble with that link you can also hear the show at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00l0xxg/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue_Series_51_Episode_1/)

The Times printed two articles about the series in their June 16th issue.  The articles can be found at the following links (or use the "click here for more" link below to read a cut & paste of the text).


From The Times Comment section: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/leading_article/article6506353.ece

From The Times Arts & Entertainment section: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article6506760.ece

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The Stage review of the new series of ISIHAC
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British ComedyHere's a nice piece from The Stage about the new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" - http://blogs.thestage.co.uk/tvtoday/2009/06/the-return-of-isihac/

Posted by lisa at 16/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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Telegraph article about new series of ISIHAC
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British ComedyAn article about the first recording for the new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" appears on The Telegraph's website at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/5493699/Stephen-Fry-the-day-the-comedian-became-Humphrey-Lyttleton.html

Posted by lisa at 11/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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the return of ISIHAC and other shows
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British ComedyUse the "click here for more" link below to see the latest "upcoming shows" list. 

One particularly exciting item is the start of a new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" next Monday on BBC Radio 4.  For our UK members - let us know if you spot any articles about the return of the show.  Scans of articles not appearing on line would be greatly appreciated.  The club has a gmail address to which you can send large attachments to be posted on the site: groksite@gmail.com

Posted by lisa at 11/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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more 2009 ISIHAC tour dates
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British ComedyChortle is listing 19 dates for the 2009 I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue Stage Tour (note this is not the BBC Radio 4 recordings) at
http://www.chortle.co.uk/shows/tour/i/17368/im_sorry_i_havent_a_clue_2009.  Note that most of these dates haven't been officially announced so it is possible there will be changes to this list.

Following is an admittedly crude cut & paste of the dates & venues from that website.

Wednesday 22nd Jul, '09
Venue: Dartford Orchard Theatre
Prices: £25
Show starts: 19:30 (Doors open approx 30 mins earlier) 

Thursday 23rd Jul, '09
Venue: Woking New Victoria Theatre

Saturday 25th Jul, '09
Venue: Carlisle Sands Centre
Prices: £22 to £24

Friday 18th Sep, '09
Venue: Manchester Opera House

Sunday 20th Sep, '09
Venue: Bristol Hippodrome

Monday 21st Sep, '09
Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall

Tuesday 22nd Sep, '09
Venue: Cambridge Corn Exchange 

Wednesday 23rd Sep, '09
Venue: Nottingham Royal Centre

Friday 25th Sep, '09
Venue: Bradford St George's Hall

Saturday 26th Sep, '09
Venue: Cheltenham The Centaur

Sunday 27th Sep, '09
Venue: New Wimbledon Theatre

Monday 28th Sep, '09
Venue: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Prices: £23.50 and £25.50

Tuesday 29th Sep, '09
Venue: Southport Theatre

Wednesday 30th Sep, '09
Venue: York Grand Opera House 

Saturday 3rd Oct, '09
Venue: Northampton Royal & Derngate

Sunday 4th Oct, '09
Venue: Bournemouth Opera House

Monday 5th Oct, '09
Venue: Torquay Princess Theatre 

Tuesday 6th Oct, '09
Venue: Eastbourne Congress Theatre

Wednesday 7th Oct, '09
Venue: Leicester De Montfort Hall



Posted by lisa at 11/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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articles about Victoria Wood which mention the new series of ISIHAC
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British ComedySeveral articles appeared in UK newspapers today about British comedy writer & performer Victoria Wood.  The articles primarily concern Victoria's complaint about British panel shows being too male dominated, but the pieces also mention Victoria's forthcoming appearance in the new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (which begins on BBC Radio 4 next Monday).


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Here's an excerpt from The Telegraph article (at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/5478241/TV-panel-shows-are-to
o-male-dominated-claims-Victoria-Wood.html
):

The double BAFTA winning comedienne will appear in the 51st series of the radio programme, I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue, the first show go on air without Humphrey Lyttelton, who died in April last year, aged 86.

In his role as chairman for 35 years, he gave the panel of four comedians "silly things to do" in what was billed as "the antidote to panel games".

Wood, 56, will make her debut appearance on the show with veteran panellists Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden in a recording chaired by Stephen Fry, who is currently 'hot-desking' the role with Jack Dee and Rob Brydon.

Victoria Wood will appear as a panelist on the first 2 episodes of the new series of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue starting on the 15th June 2009.


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Plus an excerpt from The First Post (at
http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/48658,news,victoria-wood-attacks-testosterone-
fuelled-male-bbc-comedy-have-i-got-news-for-you-never-mind-the-buzzcocks-his
lop-merton
):

Wood's comments come as she prepares to make her debut appearance on the 51st series of the BBC Radio show, I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue, billed as "the antidote to panel games". It will be the first time the show has gone on air without its host of 35 years, Humphrey Lyttelton, who died in April last year, aged 86. Wood will be the only woman on the show, appearing alongside veteran panellists Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden in a recording chaired by Stephen Fry, who is currently sharing the role with comedians Jack Dee and Rob Brydon.

Posted by lisa at 09/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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forthcoming book: "Faces of Humph: Caricatures and Memories"
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British ComedyAmazon.co.uk is listing a new book by Humphrey Lyttelton (former chair of Tim & Graeme's radio series "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue") to be published in October.  Here is the description of "Faces of Humph: Caricatures and Memories" from
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faces-Humph-Caricatures-Humphrey-Lyttelton/dp/1906779627

When Humphrey Lyttelton died in June 2008 he left behind him an amazing record of his life in the form of cartoons and drawings. From sketches of family and jazz musicians, and Christmas cards, to illustrations for jazz flyers, there's little Humph didn't record. Humphrey Lyttelton enrolled in arts at Camberwill School of Arts and Crafts in 1947 where he decided that cartooning and caricature were the way forward (as well as jazz, of course).
He had already been drawing sketches from childhood - of housemasters or his wartime service in a coal town in Wales where he drew characters such as 'Toomph'. Through fellow band member, Wally Fawkes, known to the cartoon world as 'Trog', he secured a job as column breaker for the Daily Mail. His career as a cartoonist was relatively short as he went on to create his own band and become one of the greatest jazz musicians in the UK. But all the while, Humph kept doodling and sketching at every opportunity - on the back of envelopes, in margins of books, as well as more formal work, such as sketches of the Clue team and album covers. And in this unique collection we can enjoy these cartoons, drawn in his own inimitable style - witty, clever and unassuming - along with his compelling stories that surround his subjects. Poignant, fascinating and high enjoyable, this little book is a hand-drawn memory of a life. Every Monday night from 1967 until 2008, Humphrey Lyttelton wrote and presented BBC's The Best of Jazz, and he was, famously, Chairman of the anarchic, award-winning radio programme, I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue. He wrote nine books, and composed over two hundred tunes, and has Honorary Doctorates at the universities of Warwick, Loughborough, Durham, Keele, Hertford and de Montfort.


Posted by lisa at 09/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout - June 2009
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British ComedyHere's an announcement about Tim & Graeme's show "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" from the show's official mailing list:

Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member,

Just to let you know, the new series of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue' (Series 51) will start on Radio 4 from Monday 15th June at 6.30pm on Radio 4.

The hosts for the shows are Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon, and apart from Tim, Barry and Graeme, the panellists will be Victoria Wood (making her debut on the show - she was actually due to guest on the recordings we were forced to cancel after Humph was hospitalised in 2008), Jeremy Hardy and Phill Jupitus.  All the recordings went very well and I'm sure it will be a fine series.

Mneawhile, after the success of our Tours in 2007 and 2008 (both complete sell-outs), we are planning another Official Theatre Tour of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue' in July, September and October this year, to be hosted by the brilliant Jack Dee.  The show is a brand new 'Best Of', featuring the most successful rounds in the 38 years of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue'.  It'll be a different show from the one we toured in 2007 and 2008, and with Jack at the helm, it promises to be a lot of fun.  The panel will comprise Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Jeremy Hardy with Colin Sell at the piano.

We'll be visiting Manchester, Bristol. Portsmouth, Cambridge, Nottingham, Bradford, Cheltenham, Wimbledon, Birmingham, Southport, York, Northampton, Bournemouth, Torquay, Eastbourne and Leicester, and I'll be sending out full details in a few weeks time.

Meantime I can reveal the three dates we'll be doing in July.  These are:

Wednesday 22nd July at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford
Show starts 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm) Tickets - currently on sale.  £25.
Box Office 01322 220000 Website www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

Thursday 23rd July at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking
Show starts 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm) Tickets - should be on sale in a week. £26, £24 and £22
Box Office 0844 871 7615 Website www.ambassadorticket.com

Saturday 25th July at the Sands Theatre in Carlisle
Show starts 7.30pm (finishes at around 10pm) Tickets - currently on sale. £24 and £22 Box Office 01228 625222
Website www.thesandscentre.co.uk

With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue"


Posted by lisa at 06/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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summary of 2009 ISIHAC stage show dates currently on sale
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British ComedyThe following summary comes from The Officially Unofficial I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue Web Pages at http://www.isihac.co.uk/tour.html.  Please note these dates are for the stage tour, not BBC Radio 4 recordings.

The following are the first known 2009 tour dates and venues. There has been no official announcement of the 2009 tour dates and venues yet. When there is an announcement the remaining dates and venues will appear here.

Each show normally starts at 7.30pm, and finishes around 10pm. Exceptions will be noted when known.

22nd July
The Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1ED
Tickets: £25
Box office: 01322 220000
venue URL: http://www.orchardtheatre.co.uk/index.asp
event URL:
http://www.orchardtheatre.co.uk/wrt-productions_details.asp?pid=2733

25th July
The Sands Centre, Carlisle, CA1 1JQ
Tickets: £22 and £24
Box office: 01228 625222
Notes: £1.85 postal delivery charge.
venue URL: http://www.thesandscentre.co.uk/
online bookings:
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_northeast&query=detail&event=324819

28th September
Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA
Tickets: £23.50 and £25.50
Box office: 0121 780 3333
Notes: £2 transaction fee unless booked in person at the Box Office.
venue URL: http://www.thsh.co.uk/
event URL: http://www.thsh.co.uk/view/im-sorry-i-haven-t-a-clue


Posted by lisa at 04/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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tickets on sale for ISIHAC 2009 stage tour date in Birmingham (28 Sept)
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British ComedyWhile there hasn't yet been an official announcement about the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" 2009 stage tour (with special guest host Jack Dee) some theaters have begun listing dates.

Thanks to Edna for the tip that tickets are on sale for the show at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Sept 28th.  These can be purchased from http://www.thsh.co.uk/view/im-sorry-i-haven-t-a-clue or by phone at 0121 780 3333

The webpage mentioned above features a new cast photo for the 2009 tour which was probably taken at May 17th BBC Radio 4 recording in Southhampton (at which Jack Dee was guest chair). 




Posted by lisa at 01/06/2009 00:00 GMT
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Sunday Times article about new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue"
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British ComedyThe following article about recordings for the new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (which starts on BBC Radio 4 on June 15th) appears in the May 24, 2009 issue of The Sunday Times at
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article6320434.ece


From The Sunday Times
May 24, 2009

I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue after Humphrey Lyttelton

The ‘antidote to panel games’ returns after the death of its chairman, Humphrey Lyttelton

Neil Smith

My feet are size 12½ — but that’s nowhere big enough to fill the shoes of the imponderably great Humph,” says Stephen Fry. The urbane broadcaster was speaking before the first recording of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue since the death of its long-time host, Humphrey Lyttelton. A Radio 4 staple since 1972, this self-styled “antidote to panel games” has delighted millions with its inventive wordplay, running gags and rounds, familiar to devotees but inexplicable to anyone else, such as Swanee-Kazoo, One Song to the Tune of Another and Mornington Crescent. It was the crusty, cantankerous “Humph” who held it all together, though, the veteran jazz-man’s patrician demeanour and faux-innocence allowing him to deliver the sauciest innuendos this side of a Donald McGill postcard.

When Lyttelton died in April last year at 86, it looked as if the show might perish with him. “We spent a while debating whether to bring the show back,” says Graeme Garden, a regular panellist who, along with Barry Cryer and his erstwhile fellow-Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor, has been “given silly things to do” since it started. (The comedian Willie Rushton rounded out the quartet until his death in 1996.)

“A lot of people said, ‘Keep it going,’ which was reassuring. But a year ago was not the right time to make a decision about the future of the show, or anything else.”

The Clue team had been touring the UK when Humphrey was taken ill; in the event, the comedian Rob Brydon filled in while he underwent surgery for an aortic aneurysm in a London hospital. “We all knew it was a dangerous operation,” says Jon Naismith, the show’s producer since 1991. “He had tried to go for a safer option, which did keep him alive for an extra 2½ months. In the end one tube was just too fragile; they tried to replace it, and the whole system collapsed.”

Naismith knew replacing Clue’s figurehead might prove perilous. “But Humphrey’s partner and agent said that he would have wanted us to go on,” he says. “And his son, Stephen, said the same thing.”

“Humph once told us if he went under a bus, he didn’t want any displays of loyalty,” smiles Cryer. “He was being jovial, but we knew what he meant. We left it a while, a decent period of respect. And now we’re just going for it again.”

On the last Sunday of April at Her Majesty’s in London’s Haymarket (normally home to Phantom of the Opera), the only visible sign of the departed chairman is a man in the front row of the audience bearing his face on a T-shirt. When Naismith appears on stage to introduce the recording, though, he says what everybody is thinking: “It’s appropriate to dedicate tonight to Humph,” he declares, to thunderous applause. “Thank you for all the wonderful letters encouraging us to continue, and apologies to the few telling us not to.” When white-haired Cryer strolls on, he pays his own tribute, by telling one of Lyttelton’s favourite jokes: “The one about the blacksmith who was asked if he had ever shooed a horse. He said, ‘No, but I once told a pig to piss off.’ ”

It cannot be easy for the guest chairman Fry to officiate on such a charged occasion. But, he says, “I felt that the astounding goodwill of the audience, the brilliance of the regulars and the excellence of the format made the idea of recording a few games worth trying.” In fact, he fills in with aplomb, with the help of the regulars Colin Sell tinkling the ivories and Samantha, the imaginary scorer. Says Fry: “It was most extraordinary to be sitting in Chairman Humph’s chair, and failing to control Barry, Graeme, Tim and, in a stunning debut, Victoria Wood.”

The laughter comes freely and frequently — something Rob Brydon trusts will be repeated when he hosts a recording in Newcastle in June. (Jack Dee presents the other two editions in this series.) “I know we’re all doing it in the best spirit, with Humph very much in our minds,” says Brydon. “There’s a real family feel to the show. It doesn’t seem like work — which is good as it doesn’t pay particularly well! I’m just proud to be a small part of it.”

Once this series is over, though, could Fry, Dee or Brydon take over on a full-time basis? “Any of them could be a potential long-term replacement,” says Garden. “Equally, we’ve got a list of 20 or 30 other people. Our hope is that in time we’ll settle for a permanent chairperson of suitable standing.” Cryer, though, is happy to take one show at a time. “We would be sad if it finished — but it has been 37 years after all, and we’d have to say, ‘What have we got to complain about?’”

Stephen Fry agrees: "Damn, I had a good time,” he smiles. “If Humph was watching, I hope he wasn't too horrified. But he was probably too busy playing the trumpet with Louis Armstrong."

I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue returns to BBC Radio 4 on Monday June 15


Posted by lisa at 24/05/2009 00:00 GMT
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the latest upcoming TV & radio shows list
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British ComedyHere's a list of upcoming TV & radio shows of interest to Goodies fans. "(NEW)" indicates shows added since the last update (some of which may be repeats). It's advisable to check your local listings for details & to watch for schedule changes.
 
Feel free to let us know about anything that should be added to the list - contributions & corrections are always welcome! (Thanks to everyone who's been helping with the spottings!).

(NEW) * Sun, 17 May - "Percy Edwards Showdown", with Bill in the cast, is repeated on BBC Radio 4 at 13:30.  The show can be heard worldwide from www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 and will be available for a week after broadcast from Listen Again. 

(NEW) * Mon, 18 May - "Cilla" on BBC 4 at 1:30am is a repeat of the vintage episode featuring an appearance by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, & Graham Chapman.

(NEW) * Thurs, 28 May - "The Long Hot Satsuma" on BBC Radio 7 at 23:00 is the repeat of the first of two episodes from the radio series which starred Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, & Alison Steadman, among others.  The second episode will air the following Thursday.  The show can be heard worldwide via the internet at www.bbc.co.uk/radio7; each episode will be available for a week from the BBC iPlayer (aka Listen Again).

(NEW) * Mondays starting 15 June - The new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" will begin on BBC Radio 4.

* Thursdays & Sundays - SKY NZ's New Comedy Central channel is repeating "The Goodies".  (Thanks for raymond for this info!) http://www.comedycentral.co.nz/shows/the-goodies

* various dates & times - The Comedy Channel in Australia occasionally is repeating episodes of "The Goodies".  Consult their website (at
http://www.comedychannel.com.au/WhatsOn/Detail.aspx?id=211 ) for details about any episodes coming up in the next 7 days. 

(NEW) * date TBA - Sky Arts 1 once again is repeating the second series of "What the Dickens?" starting Weds, 27 May.  Watch for Graeme's appearance in an upcoming episode.

Posted by lisa at 15/05/2009 00:00 GMT
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ISIHAC merchandise update
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British Comedy* The current release date for "I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue - Volume 11", according to http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1405688378, is July 2nd.  This will be released as a 2-CD Audiobook and will also be available for digital download.

    Here's the description from Amazon: This eleventh collection of the antidote to panel games finds the late Humphrey Lyttelton giving regular panelists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do to - along with special guests Stephen Fry, Jack Dee, Rob Brydon & Jeremy Hardy. Highlights include "One Song to the Tune of Another", "84 Chicken Cross Road", "Sound Charades", Notes & Queries, Uxbridge English Dictionary, Tennis Chat-up Lines, Swanee Kazoo and, of course, the brilliantly baffling, fiendishly funny Mornington Crescent. So get ready to laugh out loud as Humph and the gang indulge in more wonderful wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha, who likes to sit on Humph's left hand


* Scheduled for an October 8th release is "The Clue Bible: The Fully Authorised History of "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue", from Footlights to Mornington Crescent" by Jem Roberts.  The book cover currently being shown on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1848091303/ ) says it has a "Forward by Graeme Garden, Afterward by Tim Brook-Taylor, and Something by Barry Cryer".

Posted by lisa at 11/05/2009 00:00 GMT
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ISIHAC recording with Stephen Fry
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British ComedyThe first two episodes of the 51st series of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue were recorded in London this evening; the new series begins Monday, June 15th on BBC Radio 4.

The recording went very well; Stephen Fry did an admirable job as the show's first guest Chair.  Based on the audience's response, Clue fans won't be disappointed when they hear the new series.

For those of you interested in more details, there's a write-up in our Events Forum in the thread entitled "ISIHAC London".

Posted by lisa at 26/04/2009 00:00 GMT
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UNCONFIRMED ISIHAC tour date
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British ComedyOne of my searches turned up a July 25th "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Theatre Tour" date at The Sands Center, Carlisle.  While the date is listed on the venue's website tickets do not appear to be on sale.  It is very likely that the date is not definite and that the theatre jumped the gun in listing the show.  I'm passing the info along since it is publicly available but suggest you consider it unconfirmed (and possibly inaccurate) until we hear something official.

The Ents24 website lists the show as "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue:
Jack Dee, Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor.  At The Sands Centre, Carlisle.
Saturday, 25 July 2009"
http://www.ents24.com/web/event/1723604/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_A_Clue.html

The venue's website is: http://www.thesandscentre.co.uk/what-s-on/comedy/


Posted by lisa at 23/04/2009 00:00 GMT
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Barry Cryer article & ISIHAC news
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British ComedyThanks to wackywales for posting the following in the www.goodiesruleok.com forums:

There's a nice article about Barry Cryer in the Independent and it has some clue news in it...

"Stephen Fry is to host the first episode, with Jack Dee and Rob Brydon taking turns as well. Dee has also just signed up for the Clue tour in the autumn, Cryer reveals."

Hooray - a new tour, here's hoping they visit mid-Wales!

The full article is available at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/barry-cryer-those-old-ones-are-still-the-best-1671063.html


Posted by lisa at 20/04/2009 00:00 GMT
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Cilla repeat with Tim & Graeme plus other spotteds
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British Comedy* Graeme's appearance in "What the Dickens?" is being repeated on Sky Arts 1 on Weds, 22nd April at 00:15 and 13:15

* On Saturday, 25 April on BBC4 at 22:30 is "Cilla" with Tim & Graeme.  Here's a listing - an "Edition of Cilla Black's 1960s TV series. Cilla sings Step Inside Love and Pass Me By, and performs duets with Georgie Fame on For Once in My Life and Dusty Springfield on If You're Ever (Friendship). Dusty and Georgie also take the mic for solo numbers. Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman and Graeme Garden do a Top of the Form take-off and a ritual Japanese wrestling act, while comedian Tom Ward does a drunk act."

Edited to add:: Thanks to Andrew Pixley for posting the following in our forums: "In addition to "Cilla" on BBC4's "Queens of British Pop" supporting bill, the edition of "Lulu's Back in Town" at 11.45pm that night may also be of interest due to the inclusion of Bill's material (including one of his best songs)."

Posted by lisa at 16/04/2009 00:00 GMT
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"The Unbelievable Truth" episode 3 finally available on iPlayer/Listen Again
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British ComedyDue to technical problems, the latest episode of "The Unbelievable Truth" (in which Graeme appears) hadn't been available for replay. 

The show finally can be heard from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00jhp5b

and also from the BBC iPlayer website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00jhp5b/The_Unbelievable_Truth_Series_3_Episode_3/

Posted by lisa at 08/04/2009 00:00 GMT
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Graeme on the panel in Monday's (Apr 6th) edition of "The Unbelievable Truth"
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British ComedyGraeme will be one of the panelists in Monday's edition of BBC Radio 4's "The Unbelievable Truth". The other panelists are Lucy Porter, Chris Addison, and Clive Anderson (plus David Mitchell is the chair).  The show can be heard online from www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

Publicity photos of the cast can be seen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007mf4f


Posted by lisa at 05/04/2009 00:00 GMT
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Bill on "SMart!" this Saturday, 4 Apr (and other upcoming shows)
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British ComedyBill is scheduled to be a guest in the show "SMart!" on CBBC this Saturday morning (4 April) at 10:00-11:00.  The show is repeated on Tues, 14 Apr at 17:15.

For a list of other upcoming TV & radio shows of interest to Goodies fans use the "click here for more" link below.

Posted by lisa at 02/04/2009 00:00 GMT
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tickets for "The Unbelievable Truth" recording on 26 March
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British ComedyThanks to Sosia for the following info:

Tickets for the final recording in the current series of "The Unbelievable Truth" have been re-listed at http://shows.external.bbc.co.uk/help/shows/the_unbelievable_truth

The recording is 6.30pm tomorrow evening (26 Mar) at the Shaw Theatre in London. 


Posted by lisa at 25/03/2009 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again links for "I Did It My Way" & "The Unbelievable Truth"
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British ComedyThe first episode in the new series of "The Unbelievable Truth" (in which Graeme is on the panel) is now available from the BBC's audio on demand service, Listen Again, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00j6bdt  It will be available until the next episode airs (next Monday).

Also, this past Saturday's repeat of Graeme's edition of BBC Radio 7's "I Did It My Way" is available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009smnk through Saturday morning.

Posted by lisa at 23/03/2009 00:00 GMT
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new series of "The Unbelievable Truth" starts Monday, 23 March
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British ComedyThe new series of "The Unbelievable Truth" starts this coming Monday (23 March) on BBC Radio 4 at 18:30.  Graeme will be one of the panelists in the first episode (along with Lucy Porter, Chris Addison, and Clive Anderson).

The show can be heard online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 and will be available on Listen Again for a week after broadcast.


Posted by lisa at 20/03/2009 00:00 GMT
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Graeme's "I Did It My Way" repeated this Saturday (21 Mar) on BBC Radio 7
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British ComedyThanks to Jenny_Gibbon for the following info:

Graeme's episode of "I Did it My Way" is being repeated on Saturday (March 21st) at 9am and 8pm on BBC7 (www.bbc.co.uk/radio7).  It should be available from Listen Again for a week after broadcast.


Posted by lisa at 20/03/2009 00:00 GMT
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Hamish & Dougal repeats on BBC Radio 7
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British ComedyI've just noticed that "Hamish & Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea" series 1 has returned to BBC Radio 7's Thursday schedule starting today.  This "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" spin-off stars Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Jeremy Hardy, & Alison Steadman.  Series 1 Episode 1 ("The Musical Evening") airs at 22:45 (London Time) tonight; it can be heard online from
www.bbc.co.uk/radio7 and will be available from Listen Again afterwards for a week after broadcast. 

Marcus Brigstocke fans might like to know that his series "Think the Unthinkable" follows "Hamish& Dougal" at 23:00 (starting with series 1, episode 1 this evening).


Posted by lisa at 12/03/2009 00:00 GMT
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articles from The Guardian and The Times about ISIHAC's return with guest hosts
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British ComedyTwo more articles about the Clue guest hosts.

From The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/tvandradioblog/2009/feb/25/lyttelton-sorry-havent-clue):

It'll take three men to replace one Humphrey Lyttelton

No one person could take over from Lyttelton. Perhaps that's why Radio 4 are replacing him with three British comedy giants



Jazz musician and radio broadcaster Humphrey Lyttelton, who died on April 25 2008 aged 86. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

You have to expect some plangent enthusiasm when a person's just died, but Iain Pattinson, the writer on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue sounded measured, not hyperbolic, when he said Humphrey Lyttelton made things about 10 times funnier than they were when he wrote them. "Which is the opposite of what usually happens," Pattinson continued, in case anyone thought he was doing that naff, self-deprecation thing they do at the Oscars.

I think, beyond the eulogy, there's a point here, which is that Lyttelton brought something particular to the way I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue worked.

It wasn't just any old comedy show; you couldn't fish those jokes out and use them for The News Quiz, or as a funny monologue-filler on Broadcasting House. The "isn't this a rubbish show, and aren't we all rubbish at it?" jokes needed it to be incredibly good, which they were. The double entendres in particular needed Lyttelton's delivery. The jokes were incredibly puerile, so they needed a presenter who would commit to them totally – any hint of "why am I even saying this? It's so childish!" would have sunk them. And yet at the same time, anyone at all self-satisfied (imagine Angus Deayton) committing totally to this childishness would have just sounded very annoying. The presenter had to be a total performer, but with a humility quite at odds with performing; it's a once-in-a-generation combination. I just cannot imagine anybody else doing it.

But now I'm talking myself out of finding a replacement for Humph, and I desperately would like him replaced, because I miss the show. It was more than one voice, and none of the others are dead. There is not one aspect of it I'd like to see binned; not even the swanee whistle is stale ... well, maybe that's a bit stale, but freshness was never really the point.

Humph is to be replaced by three men. It was announced today by the BBC that the rotating chairmanship is to be split between Stephen Fry, Rob Brydon and Jack Dee. Fry has been doing panel-duty on and off for 21 years, even before Willy Rushton died (I guess he did holiday cover), and I have to say, it never once did not amaze me, the disgusting stuff he came out with. I feel that he could bring something, not Humph-like, but definitely new, to the double entendre. Rob Brydon did a rendition of Danny Boy on the show once, so powerful and moving that he can do whatever he likes, really. When Jack Dee first appeared, on a special, he said he wouldn't do it again because his voice spoilt it. So I guess he will be making a feature of that: the opposite of Humphrey Lyttelton, the person whose voice makes everything much less funny.

Oh, it'll be fine. Only an idiot would worry about a situation in which three huge beasts of British comedy rotate in one tiny chair. They can't mess it up - maybe sometimes - but not all the time.


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From The Times (http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article5802568.ece):

From Times OnlineFebruary 25, 2009

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue back with Stephen Fry, Rob Brydon and Jack Dee hosting

Veronica Schmidt



The hugely popular Radio 4 panel show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue is to return to Radio Four this summer with Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon sharing hosting duties.

The new series, which will begin recording in April, will be the first since the show's iconic chairman Humphrey Lyttelton died last spring.

The news will be a surprise to many who assumed the programme was finished. The final series was cancelled last April after Lyttelton underwent surgery on an aortic aneurysm. He died that month, aged 86.

Famed for his endless supply of innuendo, Lyttelton, also a jazz musician and cartoonist, was the show’s host from its inception in 1972. It regularly attracted 2 million listeners.

A year before Lyttelton's death, regular panellist Tim Brooke-Taylor was asked to contemplate the future of the show without its presenter. He said: “Humph is the most important component. Willie Rushton and I talked about it once and we agreed that if Humph isn’t there it’s not worth doing.”

Gavin and Stacey star Brydon, stand-up comic Dee and the medium-straddling Stephen Fry all appeared on the show during Lyttelton’s 36-year reign in the chair.

Today, Brydon said he would not try to fill Lyttelton's shoes "because that couldn't be done - he was a complete one-off".

Radio 4 will begin broadcasting the series in June.


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news stories about ISIHAC guest hosts
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British ComedyHere are a few of the stories in the media today about the guest hosts for the upcoming series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue".  Broadcasts of the next series begin on BBC Radio 4 on Monday, June 15.


BBC Radio 4 Blog: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio4/2009/02/im_sorry_i_havent_a_clue.html

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue
Mark Damazer
24 Feb 09, 06:01 PM

It was nice to think that Humphrey Lyttelton would live forever.

When - alas - he died last April I was confronted with the sort of dilemma that R4 faced when John Peel (Home Truths) and Ned Sherrin (Loose Ends) died. Should we take the programme out of the schedules forever in the belief that that presenter was so intimately bound up with the programme that it would be impossible for anyone else to present it - or should we continue in a different way?

It took me a while to work out how to proceed on Saturday mornings and there was a chance that Home Truths would work out post Peel. In many ways it did - but, after nine months, not quite enough to convince me to keep it.

Some immediately thought that we should end 'Clue' - that Humphrey's dry and self-deprecating wit was so central to the alchemy that it would not work without him. I waited before saying anything - not least because the programme team was much affected by the great man's death. But in the event the programme and the station received a fair amount of correspondence suggesting they could not do without 'Mornington Crescent', 'One Song to the Tune of Another' and other assorted brilliant tomfoolery. And the programme team decided they would like to come back - after a period of time

So - unlike 'Home Truths' I thought we should go ahead. I said a while ago (on Feedback) that 'Clue' would return but did not specify when and how. These judgements are tricky.

For Clue we wrote down the names of three people we thought we would like to chair the show - and we knew we would not immediately ask one person to do all of the first run. That would be a big burden - post Humphrey. The three names we wrote down all said yes. And here they are - Messrs Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon. It's wonderful they all agreed. Of course it won't be the same as before - but these are three men of huge talent and I am confident that the show will work. So fingers crossed, and I look forward to the shows.

A reminder of the dates of the recordings and the venues, with two programmes being recorded each night:

Sunday 26th April at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, London, with guest host Stephen Fry.
Tickets will be available from 1000 on Tuesday 3rd March

Sunday 17th May at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, with guest host Jack Dee.
Tickets will be available from 0930 on Monday 2nd March.

Thursday 4th June at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, with guest host Rob Brydon.
Tickets will be available from 0900 on Monday 9th March

Please contact the theatres for tickets.


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Today Show interview with Rob Brydon and Barry Cryer: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7909000/7909546.stm

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BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7909533.stm

Fry, Dee and Brydon take on Clue 

Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon are to share hosting duties for a new series of BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue this summer.



The series, which begins recording in April, will be aired in June and will be the show's first appearance since host Humphrey Lyttelton died in 2008.

Comedian Brydon said he was "hugely proud" to be asked to present.

Lyttelton, famed for his innuendo, died in April, aged 86. He was chairman of the series since its 1972 inception.

He died following complications from surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.

Just before the operation, the BBC had announced it was cancelling recording of the latest series of the show.

Gavin and Stacey star Brydon, who like all the new presenters has appeared as a guest panellist on the show, said it was "not really a question of filling Humph's shoes because that couldn't be done - he was a complete one-off".

"I'm a real latecomer to it, I only came to it about three years ago but I'm so proud to be a small part of it and this is really just about continuing that lovely atmosphere.

"People don't do it for the money, they do it for the enjoyment of it and it's a unique radio show and one that I think we're all hugely proud of."

He added: "It's a unique atmosphere on that show of such warmth that I've never really found on any other show and I think it's important for people to realise that it's a group of friends playing games together."

'E-mail torrent'

Regular panellist Barry Cryer, who has also appeared on the show since the beginning, said Lyttelton's were "big shoes to fill".

"It was a strange sort of watershed when dear Humph went, there was a relatively small movement that you must never do this show again," he said.

"And then a torrent of e-mails and stuff came in saying you must go on, you must go on.

"It's no disrespect to Humph at all.

"It's just people want the show to carry on and we'll be pleased to do it, even without the great man."

Announcing the changes on the station's blog, Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer said the new presenters were "men of huge talent and I am confident that the show will work".

Veteran trumpeter Lyttelton retired from hosting Radio 2's The Best of Jazz programme a month before his death after more than 40 years presenting the show.


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The Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1155362/Stephen-Fry-Jack-Dee-Rob-Brydon-job-share-presenters-radios-Im-Sorry-I-Havent-A-Clue.html

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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout - Spring 2009
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British ComedyThe following is a mailing from the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue mailing list.

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Dear ISIHAC Mailing List Member,

I bring news of the long-awaited return of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue', back for its 51st series following the death of our beloved chairman Humphrey Lyttelton last year.

We will probably need to start looking for a permanent replacement for Humph at some stage in the future, but for this series at least, and probably for the next, we will simply be asking past panellists from the wider 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue' family to deputise in the role.

ISIHAC stalwarts Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon have all agreed to host the shows in this series.

These are the three recordings dates:

1. Sunday 26th April at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, London, with guest host Stephen Fry.

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 10am ON TUESDAY 3rd MARCH

We will be recording two editions of the programme at Her Majesty's Theatre with guest host Stephen Fry.  Tickets cost £10.50, £8.50 and £6.50 and can be purchased by phone by calling See Tickets on 0844 412 4657. The lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively tickets can be booked online via the theatre's website at http://www.seetickets.com


2. Sunday 17th May at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, with guest host Jack Dee.

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 9.30am ON MONDAY 2nd MARCH

We will be recording two editions of the programme at the Mayflower with guest host Jack Dee.  Tickets cost £8, £6.50 and £5 and can be purchased by phone by calling the Mayflower's Box Office on 02380 711811. The lines are open from Monday to Saturday 9.30am (10am Fridays) to 8.30pm.  The phone lines close at 5.30pm on Saturdays when there is no performance.  Alternatively tickets can be booked online via the theatre's website at http://www.mayflower.org.uk/bookinghow.asp


3. Thursday 4th June at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, with guest host Rob Brydon.

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 9am ON MONDAY 9th MARCH

We will be recording two editions of the programme in Newcastle Mayflower with guest host Rob Brydon.  Tickets cost £8 and £6 and can be purchased by phone by calling the Theatre Royal's Box Office on 08448 11 21 21.  The lines are open from Monday to Saturday, 9am - 8pm (Wednesday 10am - 8pm).  On Sundays and Bank Holidays they are open from 2 hours before a performance. Alternatively tickets can be booked online via the theatre's website at http://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats_on/show_details.asp?Course_ID=102030


All three recordings start at 7.30pm and are likely to finish around 10.30pm latest.  We don't recommend the recordings for children under the age of 14.  Tickets are limited to no more than four per applicant, and you are advised to book early as they sell very fast.

Beware of purchasing tickets for the show from a non authorised source - should any show be cancelled, if you have not purchased the ticket direct from the box office, you would not be eligible for a refund.

Each theatre will keep the details of the first 30 callers to miss out on tickets, so those with tickets who suddenly find they can't attend will be able to re-sell them at the theatre's box office to a deserving member of the mailing list.


With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue'

Posted by lisa at 19/02/2009 23:00 GMT
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the latest upcoming tv & radio shows list
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British ComedyUse the "click here for more" link below to see a list of upcoming TV & radio shows that may be of interest to Goodies fans.

Posted by lisa at 16/02/2009 00:00 GMT
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some spottings (upcoming tv shows)
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British ComedySome spottings, courtesy of wackywales:

- Sat 14th Feb,Graeme's episode of What the Dickens is repeated on at 4.30pm on Sky Arts.

- 15th Feb at 1.25am on BBC4 is another repeat of Timeshift: The Comic Songbook

- Thurs 19th Feb, Stately Stoats is on at 9.50pm on BBC2. "Bill Oddie monitors the exploits of a family of stoats being raised in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire. The grand surroundings provide shelter and a playground for the kits - as well as plenty of rats and rabbits to prey on"

- Fri 20th Feb, Saturday Kitchen on UKTV Food at 6.30am, 10.30am, 3.30pm and 8.30 pm is a repeat of Bill's episode - "James Martin is joined by Sarah Raven and Nick Nairn, while Bill Oddie faces his food heaven and hell"

- UKTV Style Gardens are repeating the series Bill Oddie Goes Wild on Thurs 19th Feb 7-8pm, Sat 21st Feb 10-11am, and Friday 20th Feb 7-8pm.


Posted by lisa at 12/02/2009 00:00 GMT
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The Pocket Orchestra in Poland
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British ComedyIf you happen to be in the Warsaw, Poland area you'll have a chance to see the latest production of "The Pocket Orchestra" (by Graeme Garden & Callum McLeod). 

I'm afraid the details at this site are in Polish, but it also has an image of the groovy poster:



The Pocket Orchestra's official website (which is in English) can be found at the conveniently named http://www.thepocketorchestra.com/

Posted by lisa at 10/02/2009 00:00 GMT
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tickets now available for the next series of The Unbelievable Truth
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British ComedyThanks to Jenny_Gibbon for the following info:

Tickets are available for the recordings of the next series of The Unbelievable Truth.  Bookings can be made on the BBC Tickets website:
http://shows.external.bbc.co.uk/help/shows/the_unbelievable_truth


Here are some details from that page:

The Unbelievable Truth

David Mitchell hosts this brand new panel game in which panellists are encouraged to tell lies and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they are able to smuggle past their opponents.

Panellists include Graeme Garden, Jack Dee, Sean Lock, Arthur Smith, Fred MacAulay, Jeremy Hardy, Will Self, Clive Anderson and Tony Hawks.


26 February
The Shaw Theatre
7pm
This is a single recording. Minimum age is 14
Maximum tickets per request: 4

04 March
The Shaw Theatre
6.30pm
This is a double recording. Minimum age is 14
Maximum tickets per request: 4


22 March
The Shaw Theatre
7pm
This is a single recording. Minimum age is 14
Maximum tickets per request: 4


26 March
The Shaw Theatre
6.30pm
This is a double recording. Minimum age is 14
Maximum tickets per request: 4


Posted by lisa at 09/02/2009 00:00 GMT
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Barry Cryer interview mentions first ISIHAC guest chairman
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British ComedyAn interview with Barry Cryer to promote his show "Barry Cryer: Still Alive with Colin Sell" at Norwich Playhouse on Friday February 20 mentions that when "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" returns later this year the first guest chairman will be Stephen Fry.

Tickets for Barry's show in Norwich are still available from the box office on 01603 598598, or online via www.norwichplayhouse.org.uk.

Use the "click here for more" link below to read the full article.

Posted by lisa at 29/01/2009 23:00 GMT
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"The South Bank Show: Beyond the Footlights" (+ other upcoming tv & radio shows)
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British ComedySun, 1 Feb - "The South Bank Show: Beyond the Footlights" on ITV1 Sun, 1 Feb from 22:15-23:15 is about the Cambridge Footlights.  Here's a listing: "A look at the history and influence of the Cambridge Footlights - a breeding ground for comedy writers and performers, many of whom are now household names. The programme follows the company from the 1960s, when it really began to flower, to the present Footlights Review at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival. Featuring clips and contributions from a who's who of comedy, from Peter Cook to David Mitchell. Footlights' influence is immeasurable, providing a launching pad for the Goodies, several of the Monty Python team, Stephen Fry, Armstrong and Miller, and a host of others."

Use the "click here for more" link below for info on other upcoming shows that may be of interest to Goodies fans.

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Evening Standard article with Graeme anecdote
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British ComedyThe following article appeared in The Evening Standard yesterday (January 14, 2009):

Messing about on the river ; The Londoner's Diary

VETERAN comedians Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden performed a double act at yesterday's Oldie literary lunch at Simpson's-in-the- Strand, promoting their book, The Doings of Hamish and Dougal, You'll Have Had Your Tea.

Garden recalled that, while fishing on the Spey, he noticed that ghillies displayed a wonderful mixture of contempt and respect. "Don't bugger about with your reel, SIR," he was once told while landing a fish. Garden said that, after a bad day, his ghilly suggested they should try Rifkind's pool. "Would that be the Secretary of State for Scotland, later Foreign Secretary?" said Garden.

"Does he catch a lot of fish?" "No," said the ghilly, "only the one"


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upcoming tv & radio shows
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British Comedy* Fri, 16 Jan - "Time Shift - The Comic Song Book" and "Comedy Songs - the Pop Years" are being repeated on BBC 4 at 21.00 and 22.30, respectively. Thanks to Jenny_Gibbon for this info.

* Sat, 17 Jan - "Outtake TV" on BBC 1 at 21:20, whose listing reads, "Anne Robinson presides over a brand new collection of hilarious outtakes. Featuring clips starring Dawn French, Bill Oddie and Alan Titchmarsh."

Use the "click here for more" link below for info about other upcoming shows of interest to Goodies fans.

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paperback editions of ISIHAC books to be released later this year
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British ComedyAmazon.co.uk is listing an August 2009 release date for the paperback edition of "The Doings of Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea?", written by Barry Cryer & Graeme Garden (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doings-Hamish-Dougal-Youll-Have/dp/1848090242/)

and a June 2009 release for the paperback edition of Lyttelton's Britain: A User's Guide to the British Isles as Heard on BBC Radio's "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue", written by Iain Pattison (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lytteltons-Britain-British-Radios-Havent/dp/1848091737/).


Posted by lisa at 09/01/2009 00:00 GMT
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ISIHAC tops BBC Radio 7 Listen Again over the holidays
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British ComedyAccording to the January 9th edition of BBC Radio 7's newsletter, repeats of Tim & Graeme's radio show "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" topped the list of shows people were listening to using the BBC iPlayer/Listen Again (audio on demand service) over the holidays.

Here's an excerpt from the newsletter:

The BBC iPlayer has radically changed listening habits, so I was also interested to find out what some of you were "listening to again" on the iPlayer over the Christmas period.

"Top Ten entries" included:

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (peaking at No.1)
His Dark Materials (peaking at No.2)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (peaking at No.5)
Adolf Hitler - My Part in his Downfall (peaking at No. 6)
The Doctor Who Commentaries (also peaking at No. 6)
Doctor Who - The Chimes of Midnight (peaking at No. 7)
Hancock's Half Hour (peaking at No.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas (peaking at No.10)
And also at No. 10 in the chart, I was pleasantly surprised to see the Old Curiosity Shop Omnibus.



Posted by lisa at 09/01/2009 00:00 GMT
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Barry Cryer interview from Michael Ball's Sunday Brunch (Jan 4th)
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British ComedyThanks to Sosia for posting the following info in the club forums:

"Barry Cryer was on Michael Ball's Sunday Brunch (hosted by Clive Anderson this week!) this [Sunday, 4 January]. He was talking a lot about Clue, especially the DVD, and his career. He was asked about the return of Clue and said that they would be having rolling hosts unless someone shows 'signs of setting in', then they might be asked to stay. He also said they would have be totally different from Humph.

The show is available for a week via iPlayer here  (I hope this link works for everyone) The interview starts at at 1 hour 20 minutes in, with the info on the new Clue at around 1 hour 43."

Posted by lisa at 07/01/2009 00:00 GMT
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Goodies-related holiday specials
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British ComedyThanks to Jenny_Gibbon for letting us know that the I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue television special, which was repeated last night at 00.30 on BBC4, is available BBC to folks in the UK from the BBC iplayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00dmpd2/Im_Sorry_I_Havent_a_Clue/


Also, thanks to ecky_thump for the long list of Goodies-related holiday specials on BBC Radio 7.  In the following list I've included a link to the listen again version of the show if it's already been broadcast; for upcoming shows I've included a pointer to the website from which the listen again link should be available after the show airs.
 
* Black Cinderella Two Goes East, whose cast includes all three Goodies as well as Peter Cook and John Cleese
    25 Dec 2008, 11:00 on BBC Radio 7
    Listen Again after broadcast from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00g31bq


* Hamish & Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea Hogmanay Special (with the ISIHAC cast)
    31 Dec 2008 23:30-00:00
    1 Jan 2009 04:30-05:00
    Listen Again after broadcast from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006svvh


* Hello Cheeky -Cheeky Whittington and his Magic Ballpoint (with Tim)
    Listen Again through Sunday from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00g17qj


* I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue
    -  Christmas Special 1993
        Listen Again through tomorrow from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00fzwpf

    - I'm Sorry I Haven't a Christmas Carol
        25 Dec 2008, 12:00 on BBC Radio 7
        Listen Again after broadcast from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00g27cl


* I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again - Dick Cinderella
    Listen Again through Sunday from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00g3162 


* Tony Hawks' Twelve Days of Christmas (which includes a sizeable contribution from Bill)
    Listen Again through Saturday from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00gd7r5


* for fans of Barry Cryer : Stand up on 7 - Rock'n'Droll - Barry Cryer & Ronnie Golden
    31 December at 10.30pm and 3.30am
    Available from Listen Again after broadcast from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007wvn6

Posted by lisa at 24/12/2008 00:00 GMT
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a variety of spottings
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British Comedy* "The Unbelievable Truth Christmas Special" is available from Listen Again via the BBC iplayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00fz863 until mid-day next Monday (London time).

* Thanks to Sosia for spotting that Graeme's cameo in "Agatha Christie's Miss Marple" has finally been scheduled for a UK airing on ITV1 on New Year's Day (1st Jan) at 9pm.

* Thanks to Jennny_Gibbon for spotting that on Sunday, 21 December BBC Radio
7 will be airing Christmas editions of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" and "Hello Cheeky"

* For the Humphrey Lyttelton Fans, "Omnibus: The Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong" (Friday 19th December on BBC 4 02:55 to 04:00) includes a tribute from Humph.


Posted by lisa at 16/12/2008 00:00 GMT
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Bob Spiers obituary from The Independent
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British ComedyThe Independent has published an obituary of Bob Spiers's (which includes several mentions on his work on "The Goodies") at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/bob-spiers-director-of-absolutely-fabulous-fawlty-towers-and-dads-army-1058046.html)

Posted by lisa at 10/12/2008 00:00 GMT
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Graeme to appear in 2nd event at the Slapstick 2009 Festival
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British ComedyGraeme will be appearing at a second event during the Slapstick 2009 festival in Bristol.  In addition to The Goodies (Tim & Graeme) in Conversation with Phill Jupitus session on January 22nd, Graeme is also due to participate in "An Audience with Eric Sykes".

Here are details about both events, from http://www.slapstick.org.uk/old-vic.htm


* The Goodies

Thu 22 Jan 2000hrs  Bristol Old Vic

Slapstick ‘09 welcomes two of Britain’s much loved comic performers as a modern day homage to the great silent comedians of the past. For over a decade, The Goodies TV show delighted millions of viewers with their inventive and often hilarious slapstick comedy and its writers/performers became household names and major pop stars. We are delighted to welcome both Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden to discuss their unique show with
comedian and Goodies fan Phill Jupitus. 

Tickets: ranging from £20.00 to £10.00 full / half price concessions available To book, contact Bristol Old Vic’s Box Office on 0117 987 7877  or visit bristololdvic.org.uk


* An Audience with Eric Sykes

Sun 25 Jan  1600hrs  Bristol Old Vic

Comedy icon, writer and actor Eric Sykes comes to Bristol’s Slapstick Festival as our special guest to discuss his extraordinary career in television and film and his association with British comedy legends including Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Frankie Howerd. In conversation with Graeme Garden and using extracts from three decades of the silent comedy shorts he produced for cinema and television including his masterpiece The Plank (1967), this promises to be an unmissable event and a rare chance to hear a comedy master talking about his craft.

Tickets: ranging from £20.00 to £10.00 full / half price concessions available.
To book, contact Bristol Old Vic’s Box Office on  0117 987 7877  or visit bristololdvic.org.uk

Posted by lisa at 09/12/2008 00:00 GMT
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news from Graeme - ISIHAC DVD may be released in Australia
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British ComedyI received the following news from Graeme this morning (thanks, Graeme!):

Good news for Oz fans - 2|entertain are hoping to release the Clue DVD in Australia in March 2009. 

We recorded a Christmas edition of the Unbelievable Truth last night - due for broadcast on Dec 15th.  On the panel were me, Jack Dee, Armando Ianucci and Sean Lock.  I think it will be a very funny half hour - we recorded nearly 120 minutes!"



Posted by lisa at 04/12/2008 00:00 GMT
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The Unbelievable Truth Christmas Special
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British ComedyThanks to Sosia for posting the following in the club's forums:

The Radio Times for a fortnight's time (I'm confused by how many editions have fallen through my letterbox this week!) is listing the Christmas Unbelievable Truth as being broadcast on Monday 15th December at 6.30pm on Radio 4. I presume it will be in IPlayer for the following week.

Details are
The Unbelievable Truth Christmas Special

Monday 15 December
6:30pm - 7:00pm
BBC Radio 4

David Mitchell hosts a special Christmas edition of the game show in which panellists are encouraged to tell lies and compete to see how many items of truth they are able to smuggle past their opponents. The panel are Graeme Garden, Jack Dee, Armando Iannucci and Sean Lock.


Posted by lisa at 03/12/2008 00:00 GMT
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a bit of news from Tim & Graeme
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British ComedyHere are a few tidbits of news.  Tim will be appearing in another episode of "Heartbeat" next year.  Also, Graeme reports that there will be new series of "The Unbelievable Truth" and "One" next year.

Posted by lisa at 01/12/2008 00:00 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout 17.11.08
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British ComedyThe following info is from the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue mailing list.

Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member

This is the last mailout of 2008.

Firstly we'd like to tell you that 2 entertain (co-owned by BBC Worldwide) have recently published the long-awaited DVD of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. It was filmed at the Lowry Centre on Sunday 6th April, just ten days before Humph went into hospital.  It has been listed at No 1 in the The Independent's selection of 'The Ten Best Comedy DVDs' and Time Out say of it that the team "really are as funny as the sound on the radio; there's no snappy editing here, this is just 100 minute of improvised brilliance". The DVD distributor has arranged a discount of £3.75 to members of this mailing list if you purchase the DVD from the BBC Shop online. Here's how you do it:

1. Log onto the ISIHAC DVD link at the BBC Shop by clicking here:

http://www.bbcshop.com/Game-Shows/Im-Sorry-I-Havent-A-Clue-Live-DVD/invt/bbcdvd2869

2. Keep clicking 'Checkout' until you get the the page saying 'Please sign in' when you add your email address, and if you're not a returning customer, click 'Checkout as guest', or set up an account. It'll then ask you to add some details, address, phone number etc.

3. When you get to the page, 'Order Summary', click on the option 'Redeem a Promotion Code' under the red banner heading saying 'Additional Services'. In the box provided type in the code: ISIHAC08 and click 'Continue'

The £3.75 off your order is as follows: £1.30 is 10% off the DVD which they are currently selling at £12.99 and remaining £2.45 is the price of the postage. The offer expires 31st December - a user can use the code only once - this code is exclusive to the ISIHAC DVD.

Secondly, Random House Books would like you to know that they are offering 'Lyttelton's Britain' (Humphrey's collected opening histories to all the towns and cities we visited during his chairmanship of the show) and Barry and Graeme's new Hamish & Dougal Book as a "2 for 1" offer.  It works out a couple of pounds cheaper than Amazon and there are no product codes required.  Both are hardbacks. Here's the link:

http://www.rbooks.co.uk/clue2for1

Thirdly, free tickets have just become available for a one-off Christmas Special of 'The Unbelievable Truth', the Radio 4 panel game devised by Graeme Garden and myself, which we're recording on Wednesday 3rd December 2008 at the Shaw Theatre in Euston Road (doors open, recording starts 7.30pm).  It's hosted by the excellent David Mitchell, and the panel includes Graeme Garden and Jack Dee. You'll need to order swiftly as there's only 400 available and they'll go quickly. Here's a link:

http://shows.external.bbc.co.uk/help/shows/the_unbelievable_truth

Fourthly, there are two other excellent ISIHAC-related books that would make good Xmas presents. The first is 'The New Uxbridge English Dictionary':

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-New-Uxbridge-English-Dictionary/dp/0007263937

And the other is: 'Last Chorus: An Autobiographical Medley', a collection of Humph's writings by his son Stephen, which includes many Humph cartoons, photos and some fascinating previously unpublished diaries:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Chorus-Autobiographical-Humphrey-Lyttelton/dp/1906217181

Fifthly, in response to a request by many of you for the date when BBC4 will be repeating the Humphrey Lyttelton Tribute documentary - the latest from BBC4 is that this will now happen on Tuesday 16th December at 8pm.

And finally, Jeremy Hardy has asked me to let you know that he is on tour and hopes you might be able to catch his show at a theatre near you. Here are the dates:

http://www.offthekerb.co.uk/listings/index.php?artist=jeremy_hardy

And that's about the size of it once more.  Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas. We look forward to seeing you once again in 2009.

With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue"

Posted by lisa at 17/11/2008 00:00 GMT
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Tim's Doctor Who & Clue Christmas on BBC 7 / new series of "One"
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British ComedyThanks to wackywales for posting the following items in the www.goodiesruleok.com forums.

1. "I'm Sorry I haven't A Christmas Carol" was repeated on BBC7 this past Saturday (Nov. 15th) as part of Comedy Winners.  It can be heard from Listen Again through next weekend from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007s0q0

Here's the listing: "Mark Radcliffe introduces a further prize selection of comedy from the likes of Linda Smith, Stephen Fry, Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. I'm Sorry I Haven't a Christmas Carol (25/12/2003), The Nick Revell Show (01/02/1992), The LL files (08/06/2000), The Now Show (09/05/2003), The Boosh (16/12/2002)"


2. Tim's Doctor Who episode - The Zygon who fell to Earth - will be on BBC Radio 7 this Sunday (Nov. 23rd) at 6pm and available the following week from Listen Again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00fn4b2


2. This is from a longer article about David Quantick, a man who apparently has very good taste - "A third series of One, a show that began as a bright idea in the shower one day, is coming too. (Expect more starring roles for Graeme Garden, of whom he is in awe)."

The full article can be found here - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/11/15/nosplit/bvtvgillian15.xml

Posted by lisa at 16/11/2008 23:00 GMT
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Dead Parrot sketch is 1,600 years old
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British ComedyYes, you heard right.  There is nothing new in the world of comedy, which is why I guess the classics will always be funnier than the re-makes

Click here for full story

Posted by zaphod at 15/11/2008 12:48 GMT
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Slapstick 2009 Festival with Tim & Graeme
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British ComedyHere's some early information about the Slapstick 2009 Festival from
www.slapstick.org.uk.  Tim & Graeme are schedule to appear at the festival again this year.

Slapstick returns for its fifth year to bring laughter to Bristol just when we need it most. At this year's festival we present some of the world's funniest silent comedies, brought to life by an unprecedented line-up of special guests. Paul Merton is back once again as the inimitable host of Slapstick's Friday night gala at Colston Hall, presenting Buster Keaton's Our Hospitality accompanied live by the finest silent film ensemble in Europe, The Prima Vista Social Club. This year, Bristol Old Vic is delighted to play host to some of the festival's major highlights and to welcome an array of very special guests including beloved national treasure Eric Sykes and The Goodies in conversation with Phill Jupitus.

The Slapstick festival evolved from our ongoing Bristol Silents programme at Watershed and our close working relationship with Paul Merton. Our shared passion for silent films and especially silent comedy led to the first Slapstick weekend in 2005. The festival was such a success it's been an annual event ever since and it even lead to the commisioning of a BBC TV series Paul Merton's Silent Clowns screened in 2006 and 2007.

I hope you will join us at Slapstick in January and discover the wonderful world of silent comedy.


The blog at
http://bioscopic.wordpress.com/2008/11/13/slapstick-is-here-again/ quotes a blurb from the festival as saying:

We are expecting unprecedented demand for these tickets and expect them to sell out quickly. A limited amount of priority tickets have been put aside for Bristol Silents Members and those people who purchase festival passes until 17th November and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. All Bristol Silents members and delegates will be able to purchase tickets at discounted rates.

Posted by lisa at 13/11/2008 00:00 GMT
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the latest upcoming TV & radio shows list
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British ComedyReminder: some episodes of Autumnwatch will be available for UK residents from the BBC iPlayer for the next few days from http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ff3hc/Autumnwatch_2008_Episode_7/
and
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ff3hw/Autumnwatch_2008_Episode_8/


* Alan Simpson's 5 November BBC Radio Ulster  interview with the Autumnwatch team (including Bill) can be heard at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00fc8v2/Alan_Simpson_05112008/


* I believe BBC Radio 7 has aired their last repeat of "Hello Cheeky" (with Tim) in their current run.  The episode will be available from Listen Again until Sunday from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00db2x8


To see the full list of upcoming shows, use the "click here for more" link below.

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ISIHAC repeats return to BBC Radio 7 (plus other upcoming shows)
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British ComedyHere's a list of upcoming tv & radio shows of interest to Goodies fans. "(NEW)" indicates shows added since the last update (some of which may be repeats). It's advisable to check your local listings for schedule changes.

Feel free to let us know about anything that should be added to the list - contributions & corrections are always welcome! (Thanks to everyone who's been helping with the spottings!) 


* Mon-Thurs through Nov 6 - "Autumnwatch" with Bill Oddie returns for a new series of live shows on BBC 2 at 20:00.

(NEW) * Sun, 2 Nov - "Chairman Humph - A Tribute" will be repeated on BBC Radio 7 at noon (then again later in the day at 5pm and 5am).  It can be heard online from www.bbc.co.uk/radio7; repeats will be available for a week after broadcast.  Here's a description from BBC Radio 7's newsletter, "For over 30 years Humphrey Lyttelton entertained Radio 4 listeners as chairman of the enduringly popular "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue". In an affectionate tribute broadcast shortly after Humph's death, Stephen Fry presents this homage in conversation with close friends and admirers.  The programme includes highlights from 'Clue'."

(NEW) * Thursdays starting 6 Nov - "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" repeats return to BBC Radio 7.  The first repeat is from January 1989 with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and Willie Rushton.  The show will be available online from www.bbc.co.uk/radio7; repeats will be available for a week after broadcast.

(NEW) * Fri, 7 Nov - "Green Balloon Club" on CBeebies at 16:00 is scheduled to include an appearance by Bill.  The episode will be repeated Sun, 9 Nov at 09:00.  Here's a listing: "Lily-Rose and friends travel Great Britain in a green hot air balloon hearing stories from children. As part of the Autumnwatch season Green Balloon Club team are having a good look at Autumn - how the leaves change colour and whether it is possible to preserve their lovely shades. Jelly pays a visit to Bill Oddie and finds out what's happening in his bird boxes at this time of year. Starring: Isabella Blake-Thomas, Adam Wells".

(NEW) * Sat, 8 Nov - the first series of "What the Dickens?" (in which Tim is one of the team captains) is being repeated on Sky Arts from 4:00-7:00pm (thanks to wackywales for spotting this).  The second series of the show then begins on Weds, 12 November.  While Tim is not returning as a team captain, Graeme will appear as a panelist in one episode.

Use the "click here fore more" link below to see the rest of the list.

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Beyond the Vortex / Feedback / repeat of Humph tribute
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British ComedyThanks to wackywales and bushbaby for pointers to these two shows (which are available from Listen Again) in the www.goodiesruleok.com forums

1. wackywales said, "People might be interested to listen to the first ten minutes of last Friday's Feedback (a radio 4 program that talks about that weeks radio and any controversial shows) as it's talking about I've Never Seen Star Wars.  Bill Dare (the producer) is defending the program and there's quite a bit of discussion about Tim buying pornography and Bill talks a bit about how this came about.  It should be available on listen again until Friday." The show can be heard from the Listen Again link at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/feedback.shtml


2. The Doctor Who adventure "Max Warp" with Graeme aired on BBC Radio 7 yesterday (Listen again available from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00f676q).  bushbuby pointed us to the show "Beyond the Vortex", a behind the scenes look at "Max Warp" by director Barnaby Edwards, saying there's a big chunk about Graeme in the show (and that Barnaby is a Goodies fan!).  "Beyond the Vortex is available from Listen Again from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00f68gg


3. Coming up on BBC Radio 7 (www.bbc.co.uk/radio7) this coming Sunday, Nov. 2nd at noon, a repeat of "Chairman Humph, A Tribute".  This tribute, narrated by Stephen Fry and including contributions from Tim & Graeme (among others), aired earlier in the year on BBC Radio 4. The show is scheduled for at noon (with repeats later in the day)

Posted by lisa at 27/10/2008 00:00 GMT
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Graeme to appear in an episode of "What the Dickens?"
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British ComedyGraeme has recorded an episode for the second series of the panel game "What the Dickens?" (you may remember that Tim was a team captain in the first series of the show, which features chairperson Sandi Toksvig).

Broadcast dates for the new series haven't been announced yet.  Let us know if you spot them!

Posted by lisa at 22/10/2008 00:00 GMT
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Guardian article by ISIHAC writer Iain Pattinson
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British ComedyThere's an article by I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue scriptwriter Iain Pattinson in the October 20th issue of The Guardian; this is in support of the new book, "Lyttelton's Britain: A User's Guide to the British Isles As Heard On BBC Radio's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue". 

The Guardian article can be read online at http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2008/oct/20/comedy-radio

Use the "click here for more" link below to read a cut & paste of the text.



Posted by lisa at 20/10/2008 00:00 GMT
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"Humph in Wonderland" CD
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British ComedyYet another "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" item to add to your holiday shopping list - The "Humph in Wonderland" special, which was originally broadcast on Christmas 2007, is scheduled to be released on CD on November 13th.  Note that the CD will include an extra 20 minutes of bonus material not heard in the broadcast.

Here's the blurb from Amazon (at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Im-Sorry-Havent-Clue-Wonderland/dp/1408426005/):
    "The "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" team present their unique take on "Alice in Wonderland" in this BBC Radio 4 special. "Humph in Wonderland" stars chairman Humphrey Lyttelton in the title role, with Tony Hawks as the Narrator, Sandi Toksvig as the Queen of Hearts, Tim Brooke-Taylor as the Duchess, Graeme Garden as the Cook and Barry Cryer as Humpty Dumpty, Andy Hamilton also features as the Caterpillar, with Rob Brydon as the Mad Hatter, Jeremy Hardy as the March Hare, Jack Dee as the Cheshire Cat and Colin Sell as the White Rabbit. Among the fun and games are: Mornington Crescent, Swanee Kazoo, Cheddar Gorge, new definitions for the "Uxbridge English Dictionary", as well as Recipes for Nigella Lawson's "Saucy Mouthfuls" (she makes a great sticky tart). Including 20 minutes of bonus material not heard on transmission, this thoroughly daft take on Lewis Carroll is also a fitting tribute to the late, and much-missed, Humphrey Lyttelton."

Posted by lisa at 17/10/2008 00:00 GMT
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news from the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue mailing list
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British ComedyThe following message was sent to the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue mailing list by the show's producer, Jon Naismith. 

I believe the offer from Preface books may only be open to people with addresses in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

    *********************************

Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member,

I bring further programme-related news.  The next series of the show will transmit on Monday 15th June 2009 on Radio 4 at the usual time of 6.30pm.  I won't know the precise recording dates until well into the New Year, and will of course let you know the details as soon as they are confirmed.

Meantime, there are various ISIHAC-related items that you may want to rush out and purchase:

1. Lyttleton's Britain.  This book is the complete collection of Humph's introductions to all the places we visited over the past seventeen years or so, written by Iain Pattinson and collected in gazetteer form.  It contains a fair amount of previously unbroadcast material.  It was published on 9th October and is already number 35 in the non fiction book chart.  Click on this link to read all the blurb and see some sample pages from the book: http://www.prefacepublishing.co.uk/books.asp#lytteltonsamples and to see a PDF image of the dust jacket, you can click on this link: http://www.prefacepublishing.co.uk/downloads/lyttelton_b_format.pdf

As I mentioned in the last mailout, the publishers Preface are offering a special discount to subscribers to this mailing list.  If you click on http://www.chairmanhumph.co.uk/  you can order a copy of Lyttelton's Britain at 35% off the retail price, which I'm told is cheaper than Amazon. All you have to do is click on 'pre-order now' and enter the promotional code 'Lyttelton' before purchasing, and the price will amend to £9.74 plus £2.75 postage, so £12.49 in total.  I'm told it doesn't amend the price straight away - not till just before you complete your order.

2. The New Uxbridge English Dictionary.  This is a follow up to The Uxbridge English Dictionary, the very popular first collection of 'new definitions' from I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, and is beautifully illustrated throughout.  It contains new definitions by the ISIHAC regulars, with additional contributions from Rob Brydon, Jack Dee, Stephen Fry, Andy Hamilton, Jeremy Hardy, Tony Hawks, Ross Noble and Sandi Toksvig.  Here's a link: http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/Contents/Title/Pages/default.aspx?objId=38997 The book is just £4.62 on Amazon, and Tim wanted me to point out that it is described by one reviewer as "the funniest book I have ever read".

3. The Doings of Hamish & Dougal - You'll Have Had Your Tea, by Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden.  This is a collection of the complete scripts to the popular Hamish and Dougal radio series, with accompanying photos and captions.  Here's the Amazon link to this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doings-Hamish-Dougal-Youll-Have/dp/1848090234/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1224253545&sr=8-3

4. I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue - Live On Stage.  This is a DVD of the Tour show filmed at the Lowry Centre in Salford on 6th April 2008, just ten days before Humph went into hospital.  It features the regular team of Tim, Barry, Graeme and Humph with Jeremy Hardy.  And Colin on the piano of course.  It contains nearly 2 hours and 12 minutes of material, and is a priceless souvenir for all fans of Humph and the show.  It will be published on 10th November.  I am negotiating with BBC Worldwide to see if they can do a discount price for members of the mailing list.  I will send further details when I have them.

Finally, many of you have asked when the BBC4 tribute to Humphrey Lyttelton is going to be repeated.  BBC4 tell me that they are thinking it will be in the run-up to Christmas, but don't yet have an exact date.  I will of course let you know the details of this when I have them.

With best wishes


Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Posted by lisa at 16/10/2008 21:00 GMT
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reminder: Tim on "I"ve Never Seen Star Wars" this Thursday (plus other shows)
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British ComedyHere's a list of upcoming tv & radio shows of interest to Goodies fans. "(NEW)" indicates shows added since the last update (some of which may be repeats). It's advisable to check your local listings for schedule changes.

Feel free to let us know about anything that should be added to the list - contributions & corrections are always welcome! (Thanks to everyone who's been helping with the spottings!) 



(NEW) * Thurs, 16 Oct - "I've Never Seen Star Wars" with Tim on BBC Radio 4 at 18:30.  It can be heard online from www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 and will be available for a week after broadcast from Listen Again.


(NEW) * Sat, 18 Oct - "The Archive Hour" this day is entitled "How Radio Comedy Changed a Nation" and includes contributions from Barry Cryer, among others.  The program will air on BBC Radio 4 at 20:00-21:00 and can be heard online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4.  I don't know if the show will mention any of Tim, Graeme, & Bill's projects, but it sounds interesting - "Nicholas Parsons explores how radio comedy has developed and how it reveals much about the way the British live. Through rarely-heard archive material and interviews with writers, performers and comedians, he investigates the impact that radio comedy has had upon the nation. Including contributions from Paul Merton, Barry Cryer, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson and Sanjeev Bhaskar."


(NEW) * Tues, 21 Oct - "The Wright Stuff" on Five at 09:00-10:30.  Bill is scheduled to be a guest on this day.  (thanks to wackywales for posting this info in the club's forums)


(NEW) * Thurs & Fri, 23-24 Oct - "The Truth About Killer Dinosaurs", presented by Bill, is repeated on UKTV Documentary each day at 9:00.  I suspect part 1 is airing Thursday and part 2 on Friday, but you should check your local listings to confirm this.


(NEW) * Mon, 27 Oct - an episode of "Bill Oddie Goes Wild" is repeated on UKTV Gardens at 20:00


* Mon-Thurs, Oct 27-Nov 6 - "Autumnwatch" with Bill Oddie returns for a new series.


* Mondays - "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" with Tim, Graeme & Bill is being repeated on BBC Radio 7 at 12.30pm and 7.30pm. The show can be heard worldwide via the internet from www.bbc.co.uk/radio7; each episode will be available for a week after broadcast from Listen Again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009zbr2


* Sundays - "Hello Cheeky" on BBC Radio 7 at 13:30 (repeated later in the day at 19:30 and Monday morning at 6:30). The show can be heard worldwide via the internet from www.bbc.co.uk/radio7; each episode will be available for a week after broadcast from Listen Again (on the BBC 7 website or at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00db2x8).


* various dates & times - The Comedy Channel in Australia occasionally is repeating episodes of "The Goodies".  Consult their website (at http://www.comedychannel.com.au/WhatsOn/Detail.aspx?id=211) for details about any episodes coming up in the next 7 days.

Posted by lisa at 14/10/2008 00:00 GMT
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Barry & Graeme's Guildford Book Festival appearance is sold out
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British ComedyAccording to the event's website (http://www.guildfordbookfestival.co.uk/html/modules.php?name=Programme), Barry Cryer & Graeme Garden's "Hamish & Dougal" show at the Guildford Book Festival has sold out.


Posted by lisa at 14/10/2008 00:00 GMT
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Bill's "Comedy Controller" being repeated on BBC 7 tomorrow
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British ComedyBill's appearance in BBC 7's "Comedy Controller" is scheduled to be repeated tomorrow (Sat, Oct 11th).  Below is a listing for the show. 

Please note that BBC 7 has changed its name to BBC Radio 7 (I won't guarantee how long it'll take me to remember to say "Radio 7" instead of "BBC 7".    The show can be heard online from http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio7/ during broadcast; it will be available from Listen Again (via the BBC iplayer) for a week after broadcast.



Comedy Controller: Bill Oddie

There's a difference to this week's selection programme as Bill Oddie delivers his thesis on The Development of Radio Comedy in the 20th Century. This hugely entertaining lecture from Oddie the Ornothologist, incorporates: 'Up The Pole' (1st broadcast 01/11/1948), 'ITMA' (06/01/1949), 'Archie's The Boy' (11/11/1954), 'Beyond Our Ken' (27/05/1960), 'On The Hour' (14/05/1992) and 'On The Town with the League of Gentlemen' (27/11/1997).

Saturday at 9am, 8pm and 3am


Posted by lisa at 09/10/2008 22:00 GMT
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new ISIHAC CD - "Chairman Humph A Tribute"
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British ComedyThe tribute to Humphrey Lyttelton which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 a few months ago is scheduled to be released on Audio CD on 13 November. Here are the details:

"I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: Chairman Humph A Tribute"
    Audio CD
    Release Date: 13 Nov 2008
    Suggested Retail Price: £8.99
Product Description
"Stephen Fry presents a special tribute to Humphrey Lyttelton, the sublime host of "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue", through the eyes of his close pals on the show and distinguished admirers, from Dame Judi Dench to Radiohead. The programme features many highlights taken from his thirty-six years at the helm of Radio 4's perennial antidote to panel games."


As a reminder for Clue fans, a number of other titles (listed below) are scheduled for release in the near future.  If you'd like to write a review of any of these items, we're always eager for contributors to club's website and the Clarion & Globe newsletter (send any C&G submissions to
clarion@goodiesruleok.com)


* I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: v. 11 (Audio CD)
    Scheduled release date: 9 Oct 2009
    Recommended Retail Price: £12.99
Product Description
This is the eleventh quartet of "Clue" editions from recent series, with the regular team of Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer - plus special guest players - being given silly things to do by chairman Humphrey Lyttelton.


* Lyttelton's Britain: A User's Guide to the British Isles as Heard on BBC Radio's "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" (Hardcover)
    Scheduled release date: 9 Oct 2008
    Recommended Retail Price: £14.99
Short Product Description
The "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" team of Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, in the company of their esteemed chairman Humphrey Lyttelton, have been recording their BBC radio show around the UK for longer than any of them can remember...that's about week - or twenty minutes in the case of Barry Cryer. At each venue Humph would present a short history of the location, written by Iain Pattinson, to the mutual delight of the audience, the team and their delightful scorer Samantha (who somehow always found time for a rewarding poke in the area's back streets).We are privileged to present, in gazetteer form, the very best of Humph's local histories from Radio 4's multi award-winning 'antidote to panel games'.


* Last Chorus: An Autobiographical Medley (Hardcover)
    by Humphrey Lyttelton

    Scheduled release date: 25 Oct 2008
    Recommended RRP: £18.99
Short Product Description
A feast for all his many fans and admirers, this is the great Humphrey Lyttelton s last book, a sparkling autobiographical kaleidoscope of memories, anecdotes, and entertaining stories from his colourful life, from his childhood as the son of a famous Eton Housemaster, through to his role as the irrepressible chairman of I m Sorry I Haven t a Clue.


* I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Live On Stage (DVD)
    Release Date: 10 Nov 2008
    Run Time: 90 minutes

Posted by lisa at 08/10/2008 22:00 GMT
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Tim on "I've Never Seen Star Wars" Oct 16th
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British ComedyThanks to Sosia for spotting that Tim's episode of "I've Never Seen Star Wars" will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday, 16 October at 6.30pm.  The show can be heard online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 and will be available for a week after broadcast from Listen Again.

Posted by lisa at 06/10/2008 00:00 GMT
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Tim won't be in series 2 of "What the Dickens?"
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British ComedyThanks to Alison Bean for passing along the following info about series 2 of "What the Dickens".  It appears Tim will not be one of the panelists (he was a team captain in series 1).

WHAT THE DICKENS?

What The Dickens? is an exciting and lively panel show about the arts, covering films, books, music and theatre. This brand new series is presented by perhaps Britain’s - and definitely Denmark’s - funniest woman, Sandi Toksvig, who delivers more laughs per inch than any other performer working today. The team captains are Lab Rats & The Ape that Got Lucky comedian Chris Addison and this year's Maestro winner Sue Perkins.

Following on from the successful first series, which included, among others, Dave Gorman, Marcus Brigstocke, Robin Ince, Rich Hall and Dom Joly, the panellists will again hail from the worlds of comedy and TV, with a sprinkling of writers and actors, who will take part in a series of hilarious and witty rounds, with the emphasis on getting laughs as well as getting the answers right. This year's panellists will include Richard Herring, Jenny Éclair, Stephen K Amos, Dave Gorman, Mark Steel & Jackie Clune.

This series will be recorded at Sky’s studios in West London (nearest tube: Osterley in zone 4 of the Picadilly line, nearest station: Syon Lane) on Tuesday 7th, Friday 10th, Monday 13th October & Monday 10th, Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th November 2008 at 7.00pm. If you would like to join us, then apply now!

Booking is now open and may apply online via our website at http://www.sroaudiences.com


Posted by lisa at 30/09/2008 19:00 GMT
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the latest upcoming shows list
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British ComedyTo see a list of upcoming TV & radio shows of interest to Goodies fans use the "click here for more" link below.

Posted by lisa at 30/09/2008 00:00 GMT
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Jeremy Hardy article from the Sunday Herald
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British ComedyIn a Sunday Herald article at http://www.sundayherald.com/arts/arts/display.var.2449984.0.0.php) comedian Jeremy Hardy talks about his experiences as a frequent guest panelist on "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue".  Use the "click here for more" link below to see the text of the article.

BTW, Jeremy is on tour through at least December - a long list of his stand up dates can be found at http://www.ents24.com/web/artist/12748/Jeremy_Hardy.html


Posted by lisa at 22/09/2008 00:00 GMT
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Listen Again link for Bill on Saturday Live (plus other upcoming shows)
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British ComedyBBC Radio 4's "Saturday Live" from Sept 20th on which Bill was a guest can be heard through this Saturday from Listen Again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/saturdaylive/media/latest_edition.gif

To see a list of other upcoming TV & radio shows of interest to Goodies fans use the "click here for more" link below.


Posted by lisa at 22/09/2008 00:00 GMT
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news from the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue mailing list
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British ComedyThe following is a mailing from the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue mailing list.

An additional piece of ISIHAC news comes from last week's BBC 7 Newsletter, which said, "Fans of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue will be pleased to know that the series (archive programmes of course) will be returning to BBC 7 later in the autumn."


-----Original Message-----
From: ISIHAC Info [mailto:isihac@btinternet.com]
Subject: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout 17.09.08

Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member,

It seems an opportune moment to communicate after the hiatus caused by the death of our beloved Chairman Humph in April this year.

Firstly, on behalf of the team, I'd like to thank the thousands of you who sent us messages of condolence.  There were so many I regret I have still not replied to 900 or so - I promise I will in due course.  And belatedly, on Humph's behalf, I'd like to thank the thousands who sent Humph "Get Well" messages when he first went into hospital.  I spent several hours printing out as many as I could and took a huge pile of them in for Humph to read in his hospital bed.  I'm so pleased he was able to able to appreciate the scale of everyone's affection for him at what must have been a very worrying time.

You will probably have heard the various Radio tributes to Humph since his death.  I do hope you caught the ISIHAC team's tribute to the great man on 15th June narrated by Stephen Fry.  If you didn't, I'm pleased to say that BBC Audiobooks will be releasing it later this year, together with the show Humph In Wonderland which we recorded last Christmas.  I will send further details of these in due course.

And you might also have read Radio 4's announcement that we will be continuing with I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue in 2009.  We have all been slightly ambivalent about continuing the show without Humph, but have been greatly encouraged by the huge number of emails you've sent encouraging us to keep going.  Despite the rumours, we've made no decisions about possible replacements for Humph, and are unlikely to make any decisions this year at least.  Certainly I don't envisage us selecting anyone on a permanent basis for several series.

For anyone suffering withdrawal symptoms in the absence of their biannual dose of 'Clue', there are several programmes and publications either currently available or in the pipeline...

* On BBC iPlayer you can currently catch both the BBC4 tribute to Humph, and a half-hour excerpt from the ISIHAC Tour show we filmed at the Lowry Centre in Salford earlier this year.  This is the only complete film of ISIHAC in existence and was the last recording Humph made before he went into hospital just ten days later.  We will be releasing the entire show as a DVD in due course, hopefully by Christmas.  The links to the iPlayer shows are as follows:  For the BBC4 Humph Tribute it's http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ddwcy/ and for the half-hour tour show except it's http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00dmpd2/

* On 10th October our publisher Trevor Dolby at Preface Books is bringing out the complete collection of Humph's introductions to all the places we visited over seventeen years touring the show, written by Iain Pattinson.  The book is entitled Lyttelton's Britain and contains a large amount of previously unbroadcast material.  As I say in a foreword to the book, I think the combination of Iain Pattinson and Humphrey Lyttelton has been the single most important writer/performer partnership in British Radio since Galton & Simpson started writing for Tony Hancock.  It's a wonderful and hilarious collection and I confidently predict it will be a best-seller.  You can pre-order a copy of Lyttelton's Britain now, and Trevor is offering this book at a special discounted rate of 35% off the retail price to members of this mailing list - that's less than Amazon.  Just go to http://www.chairmanhumph.co.uk/ and click on 'Pre-Order Now', then enter the promotional code 'Lyttelton' before purchasing, and the price will amend to £9.74 plus £2.75 postage, so £12.49 in total.

* Finally, I must tell you that our good friend and Clue regular Andy Hamilton is touring his one man show 'Hat of Doom' around the country over twenty dates from now until early December.  You will of course know Andy from his regular appearances on The News Quiz as well as Radio 4's Old Harry's Game.  Andy was co-creator and writer of Channel 4's legendary Drop The Dead Donkey and has recently co-created and written the stunningly good BBC1 sitcom Outnumbered, which returns for a second series this Autumn.  For the complete list of Andy's tour dates, go to: http://www.varietylives.com/schedule.html

And that's about it for now.  I will of course keep you posted of any future developments.

With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue


Posted by lisa at 17/09/2008 02:00 GMT
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Graeme Garden & Barry Cryer interviews
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British ComedyThanks to Edna for letting us know that Graeme & Barry were interviewed on Les Ross's Show on BBC WM today (Weds, Sept. 10th) to promote their new book, "The Doings of Hamish & Dougal".  This episode should be available on Listen Again until next Wednesday's edition airs from http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/wm/aod.shtml?wm/les_ross_wed.  Graeme & Barry's interview starts around the 2 hour mark.

Also, thanks to the good folks at the Saucy Gibbon forum who reported that Graeme & Barry will appear on the Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV 1 tomorrow (Thurs., Sept 11th); the show airs from 3-4pm.

Let us know if you spot any of Graeme & Barry's other radio interviews!

Posted by lisa at 10/09/2008 00:30 GMT
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the latest upcoming shows list
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British ComedyUse the "click here for more" link below to see the latest list of upcoming tv & radio shows of interest to Goodies fans.

Also, be on the lookout for Graeme Garden & Barry Cryer's local radio interviews tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 10th) and their upcoming appearance on Alan Titchmarsh's TV show to promote their new book "The Doings of Hamish & Dougal".  Let us know if you spot the info!

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news stories confirming ISIHAC is to return
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British ComedyVarious news stories have appeared today confirming plans for "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" to return next year.  The new item for those of us who have read other recent articles is a quote from head of Radio 4 Mark Damazer regarding the show's return. 

The following (fairly similar) articles come from:

    - The Telegraph (at
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2711299/Im-Sorry-I-Havent-a-Clue-to-return.html)

    - The Press Association (at http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5goNKu7MTOEKpGJvl2MkOb9yliHTg)

    -  BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7606882.stm)

There is also an updated biography of Humph from The Telegraph
(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/2712075/Humphrey-Lyttelton.html)


Posted by lisa at 09/09/2008 00:00 GMT
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BBC 4 Humph & ISIHAC specials (Sept 12th & 13th)
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British ComedyHere's a summary of the Humphrey Lyttelton & I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue specials to be shown on BBC 4 this coming Friday & Saturday. 


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th:

21:00-22:00 Legends

Humphrey Lyttelton.
A profile of the late jazz musician, band leader and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttelton's 60-year career. Louis Armstrong described him as Britain's top trumpeter, but for more than 40 years he was equally well-known for hosting some of the BBC's most successful radio shows, including Radio 2's Best of Jazz and the hugely popular antidote to panel game shows, Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, in which Humph propelled the art of the double entendre to new heights.

22:00-22:50 Humph's Last Stand

Jazz trumpeter and raconteur Humphrey Lyttelton in a performance at the 2007 HSBC Brecon Jazz Festival, which turned out to be his last ever television recording. With an all star line-up including guest saxophonist Scott Hamilton, it is a set full of sheer wit and superb music.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th:

22:30 - 23:00 I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

Filmed in April 2008, just three weeks before his death, Humphrey Lyttelton chaired his final I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue at the Lowry Centre's Lyric Theatre in Salford. This touring show features many of Humph's best lines favourite rounds from the Radio 4 series, and is the only complete filmed version of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue in existence. The cast is the regular line up of Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and pianist Colin Sell, with Jeremy Hardy as the guest panellist.

23:00 - 00:00 Legends (repeated)

00:00 - 00:50 Humph's Last Stand (repeated)


Posted by lisa at 08/09/2008 00:00 GMT
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news from Graeme - forthcoming "Hamish & Dougal" interviews
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British ComedyGraeme Garden has kindly passed along the following info about upcoming publicity for their new book "The Doings of Hamish & Dougal":

Baz and I are doing some local radio interviews on Wednesday, and recording a piece for the Alan Titchmarsh TV show, but I don't yet know when any of them will be broadcast.

Thanks, Graeme!

Everyone - let us know if you spot listings for any of the interviews.

Posted by lisa at 07/09/2008 01:30 GMT
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news from Graeme about "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" DVD & Sept. 13th broadcast
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British ComedyThanks to Graeme Garden for passing along the following news:

We've been working on the video recording of the stage version of Clue from Salford.  We're hoping to release a DVD in November, and BBC4 are hoping to broadcast a 30 minute version on Sept 13th - so tell the chums to keep an eye out for that.

Club member Sosia had spotted a preliminary listing for the DVD on Amazon.  Expect the information there (including the release date) to be updated in the future.

Posted by lisa at 03/09/2008 00:00 GMT
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"Humph Remembered" - Sept 12th on BBC 4
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British ComedyHumphrey Lyttelton is the subject of the Friday, Sept. 12th edition of "Legends" on BBC 4 at 9pm.  The show will include interviews with his Clue cast mates including Tim & Graeme.

The show will be followed by a special called "Humph's Last Stand", featuring his performance at a 2007 jazz festival (on BBC 4 at 10pm).

Following are more detailed listings for the two shows:

Humph remembered
Legends, showing Friday September 12th on BBC 4 at 9:00pm

In a career spanning more than 60 years, Humphrey Lyttelton, who was born in 1921 and died earlier this year, established himself as one of Britain's greatest musicians, successful band leaders and admired broadcasters.

As a jazzman, "Humph" composed and performed Bad Penny Blues - the first jazz recording to enter the charts - and was feted by no less a figure than Louis Armstrong, who described him as this country's top trumpeter.

For more than 40 years, he hosted some of the BBC's most successful radio shows, including Radio 4's hugely popular I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, the "antidote to panel game shows" in which Humph propelled the art of the double entendre to new heights, and Radio 2's Best Of Jazz.

In this programme, family, friends and colleagues pay tribute to this enormously popular entertainer. Featuring some never-before-seen home movie footage, archive films of his finest performances and interviews with regular I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue panellists Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Jeremy Hardy, Rob Brydon and Sandi Toksvig, as well as Humph's son, Stephen, this film celebrates the life and career of one of Britain's most admired musicians and best-loved broadcasters.

Did you know? Bad Penny Blues - a top 20 hit for the Humphrey Lyttelton Band in 1956 - is acknowledged as the first British jazz record to make the UK charts. Produced by the infamous Joe Meek - who was noted for his pioneering, experimental production work in the 1960s - it featured a catchy piano riff, played by Johnny Parker, brought up high within the mix.



Humph's Last Stand

Friday 12th September on BBC 4 at 22:00 to 22:50

Jazz trumpeter and raconteur Humphrey Lyttelton in a performance at the 2007 HSBC Brecon Jazz Festival, which turned out to be his last ever television recording. With an all star line-up including guest saxophonist Scott Hamilton, it is a set full of sheer wit and superb music.


Posted by lisa at 01/09/2008 00:30 GMT
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Comedy producer dies in accident
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British ComedyAccording to the BBC:

The former BBC TV head of comedy has died in a road accident in London.

Geoffrey Perkins, 55, worked for many years for BBC Radio, where he created the game Mornington Crescent in I'm Sorry Haven't a Clue.

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Posted by zaphod at 31/08/2008 11:51 GMT
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possible on sale date for Tim and Graeme’s Classic Keaton Shorts in Berkhamstead
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British ComedyAs was previously reported, Tim & Graeme will be reprising the Buster Keaton show they presented at Slapstick 2008 in September on 7 Sept at The Rex Cinema in Berkhamstead and on 14 Sept at The Barbican in London.

According to the Rex Cinema's website, their September tickets will go on general release this Saturday, 23 August, at 10.30am.  Their Box Office can be reached at 01442 877759 

Tickets for the Barbican show have been available from http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/event-detail.asp?ID=7876 or by calling the Box Office at 020 7638 8891 (9am-8pm daily).


Posted by lisa at 20/08/2008 00:00 GMT
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"Would I Lie To You" with Graeme to be broadcast Aug. 29th
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British ComedyThanks to wackywales for posting the following in the forums:

Well, he's kept us waiting till the end of the series but Graeme's episode of 'Would I Lie To You?' will finally be broadcast at 9pm, BBC 1 on Friday 29th August.

From my tv mag...

"Would I Lie To You? Last in the panel game series. Tonight's guests are former Eastender Phil Daniels, TV host Lauren Laverne, comedian Michael McIntyre and former Goodie Graeme Garden"



Posted by lisa at 19/08/2008 00:00 GMT
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Humphrey Lyttelton autobiography to be published in October
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British Comedy"Last Chorus: An Autobiographical Medley" by Humphrey Lyttelton is scheduled to be published on October 25th. 

Amazon's listing for the book can be found at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Chorus-Autobiographical-Humphrey-Lyttelton/dp/1906217181/

An article at Bookseller.com gives more details about the book, including the fact that Humph's son Stephen has been involved in putting it together:

Encore for 'Humph'
14.08.08 Catherine Neilan

JR Books is publishing the "ultimate" Humphrey Lyttelton book, drawing on a collection of diaries, letters, caricatures, cartoons and photos spanning 50 years.

Last Chorus by Humphrey Lyttelton will be published in hardback in October priced £18.99. The book chronicles the life of the jazz musician and former chair of BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue". Lyttelton died in April aged 86.

Jeremy Robson, publisher at JR Books, described the collection as "absolutely captivating and a real treasure trove". He added: "The diaries, beautifully written in his own fine hand and often very revealing, are a work of art in themselves."

The 400 to 500-page book takes readers from his childhood as the son of an Eton housemaster and his time in the Army, through to his life as a jazz musician playing with legendary figures such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, and his many years on the Radio 4 comedy quiz show.
As well as hosting "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue", Lyttelton was also the host of BBC Radio 2's "The Best of Jazz" for more than 40 years.

"He was an absolutely wonderful writer—not a comma needed changing," said Robson. "I have been working closely with Humph's son Stephen on a daily basis, sifting and organising the material into what we see as the ultimate Lyttelton book. It is a real privilege to be publishing it."

Robson said the book would offer a rare glimpse into Lyttelton's life."What has been touching since he died is that thousands of people have been sending messages to the website, many of them quite young. They all talk as if they knew him, and [Stephen] feels this book is a way of knowing him for more than just being on the radio."


Posted by lisa at 14/08/2008 01:00 GMT
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the latest upcoming TV & radio shows list
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British ComedyUse the "click here for more" link below to see a list of upcoming radio & TV shows of interest to Goodies fans.

Posted by lisa at 29/07/2008 00:00 GMT
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Australia's Comedy Channel continues repeats of Goodies series 2 (+ other shows)
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British ComedyThe Comedy Channel in Australia continues its run of the second series of "The Goodies".  According to http://www.comedychannel.com.au/WhatsOn/Detail.aspx?id=211, episodes coming up in the next 7 days are:

Wed 23/07  11:30AM  Farm Fresh Food
Thu 24/07  11:30AM  Women's Lib
Fri 25/07  11:30AM  Sex and Violence

For information about other upcoming TV & radio shows of interest to Goodies fans use the "click here for more" link below.

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Humph wins Radio 2 Artist of the Year award
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British ComedyThe following article (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7518616.stm) about the BBC Jazz Awards mentions that Humphrey Lyttelton won the Radio 2 artist of the year award:


Tobin wins best BBC jazz vocalist 

Last updated at 00:13 GMT, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 01:13 UK

Christine Tobin has won best vocalist at this year's BBC Jazz Awards.

Saxophonist Tony Kofi picked up best instrumentalist at a ceremony hosted by Paul Gambaccini at The Mermaid Theatre in London.

The album of the year award went to Bristol quartet The Blessing, who have performed with acts such as Portishead and Robert Plant.

The lifetime achievement award went to the band Return To Forever, who include legendary keyboardist Chick Corea.

The Radio 2 artist of the year award went to Humphrey Lyttelton, who died in April aged 86, and who recorded the first jazz record to enter the UK singles chart in 1956.

The ceremony will be broadcast on Radio 2 on Tuesday 22 July at 2230 BST, with highlights played on the Jazz Line-Up show on Radio 3 on Saturday 26 July at 1600 BST.


Posted by lisa at 21/07/2008 00:30 GMT
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update about latest ISIHAC CD (Live Vol. 2)
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British ComedyI'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Live Volume 2 is scheduled for release in the UK tomorrow.  Besides being sold as a 2-CD set it should also be available for download from various retailers.

The product description has been updated to specify that the set will include shows from 1995 and 1996 which included Willie Rushton.  Here's the full blurb from Amazon.co.uk:

This book contains two more specially compiled, extended editions featuring all the bits that were never broadcast on radio. For everyone who's ever wanted to attend a live recording of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue", but never had the opportunity, here's your chance to catch the complete "Clue" experience. From out-takes and ad-libs to asides to the audience - including some very cheeky banter - here are all the bits you never get to hear on the radio, as well as all the puns, songs, silly games and sparkling comedy that you've come to expect from the Clue team.These two specially extended compilations, from 1995 and 1996, feature players Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Willie Rushton, with introductions by "Clue" producer Jon Naismith. Proceedings are chaired by the late, great Humphrey Lyttelton. They include all your favourite games: "One Song to the Tune of Another", "Cheddar Gorge", "Sound Charades", "Doctors' Song Book", plus there's "Name that Barcode", "Radio Times 2010", "Celebrity Organs", "Odd One Out", "Stars in Their Ears" - and one that features a famous Underground station...So get behind the scenes with this CD and find out just how much fun a "Clue" recording can be.

Posted by lisa at 09/07/2008 00:30 GMT
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Australia's Comedy Channel repeats series 1 again (+ other upcoming shows)
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British ComedyLooks like The Comedy Channel in Australia is starting another run of the first series of The Goodies.  According to http://www.comedychannel.com.au/WhatsOn/Detail.aspx?id=211, episodes coming up in the next 7 days are:

Fri 04/07  11:30AM  The Tower of London
Mon 07/07  11:30AM  Snooze
Tue 08/07  11:30AM  Love The Police
Wed 09/07  11:30AM  The Greenies

Use the "click here for more" link below to see a list of additional tv and radio shows that might be of interest to Goodies fans.

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the latest upcoming shows list
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British ComedyTo see a list of upcoming tv & radio shows of interest to Goodies fans please use the "click here for more" link below.

An item of note in this update - the "What the Dickens?" website (http://www.skyarts.co.uk/SkyArts/Books/Article.aspx?artid=5556) includes a clip from this panel game on which Tim is one of the team captains.

Posted by lisa at 22/06/2008 23:30 GMT
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Humph Sunday shows Listen Again links
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British ComedyHere are Listen Again links for two of shows from BBC Radio 4's Humph Sunday earlier this week.  The shows should be available through this coming Sunday morning (London time).

Chairman Humph — a Tribute
Stephen Fry presents a homage to Humphrey Lyttelton through the eyes of his close friends and admirers — from Dame Judi Dench to Radiohead — and features highlights taken from his 36 years from I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/radio4/aod.shtml?radio4/chairmanhumph_tribute

The King of the Swingers
Humphrey Lyttelton presents a profile of trumpeter and singer Louis Prima, who was one of the most accomplished jazz musicians of the 20th century, yet now remembered mostly for voicing a cartoon monkey — King Louis in The Jungle Book.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/radio4/aod.shtml?radio4/kingoftheswingers

Unfortunately, the repeat of Humph's appearance on Desert Island Discs doesn't appear to be available from Listen Again.  However, the show is scheduled to be repeated again this Friday morning at 9:00am London Time; it can be heard live during broadcast from www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

Radio 4 is repeating some classic episodes of ISIHAC in lieu of a new series.  The first repeat, from yesterday, is from the Theatre Royal in Windsor in 1993; it can be heard from Listen Again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/radio4/aod.shtml?radio4/clue

Posted by lisa at 17/06/2008 02:00 GMT
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BBC Radio 4 "Humph Day" info & article from The Times
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British ComedyThis Sunday BBC Radio 4 presents several tributes to Humphrey Lyttelton (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/schedule/2008/06/15/day/).  The event is the top story in both Radio 4 and BBC 7's weekly newsletters; there is also an article in The Times (at http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article4105629.ece).


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Excerpts from the Radio 4 newsletter
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/newsletter/):

Friday 13 - Friday 20 June 2008

Hello fellow listeners,

As a tribute to our much loved colleague, the late Humphrey Lyttelton, we're broadcasting three programmes on Sunday in celebration of his life. Dubbed Humph Day, there's another chance to hear his final appearance on Desert Island Discs; an hour-long tribute presented by Stephen Fry; and a programme Humphrey Lyttelton made about Louis Prima - one of his own heroes.


Sunday 15 June

Desert Island Discs, 11.15am-midday
Another chance to hear Humphry Lyttelton's final appearance as Kirsty Young's guest. Note: not repeated on Friday.

Chairman Humph, 12.00-1.00pm
Stephen Fry presents a special tribute to Humphrey Lyttelton, the host of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, through the eyes of his close pals on the show and distinguished admirers from Dame Judi Dench to Radiohead.

The King of the Swingers, 1.30-2.00pm
Humphrey Lyttelton profiles Louis Prima, one of the most prolific and accomplished jazz musicians of the 20th century, who is sadly now remembered mostly for his role as a cartoon monkey.

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Excerpts from the BBC 7 Newsletter
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/newsletter/newsletter_thisweek.shtml):

Hello again

I don't usually begin my newsletter by recommending that you switch over to another radio station, but in this instance, I suggest that on Sunday some of you might like to join our sister station, Radio 4, to catch " Humph Sunday"

Humphrey Lyttelton, widely regarded as a National Treasure, was once described (apparently to his great delight) as " trumpeter and broadcaster, and purveyor of blue-chip filth to the nation"

Alongside his music, and his 36 years in the driver's seat of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue", Humph unquestionably brought fun, joy and laughter to millions of listeners.

When the news of his death was announced in April this year, the BBC was inundated by his many fans who wanted to pay tribute to him.

Radio 4 will be broadcasting its own special tribute and appreciation on 15th June, on what has been affectionately named Humph Sunday.

There will be almost three hours celebrating all sorts of things that are Humph, beginning with his Desert Island Discs, (from November 2007) followed by Chairman Humph, a one-hour homage warmly presented by Stephen Fry, with contributions from many friends and colleagues.

To finish off, you can catch Humph's profile of jazz musician Louis Prima (well-known in jazz circles, but most probably remembered as the voice King Louis, King of the Swingers in the film of The Jungle Book.

And King of the Swingers is the name of that programme.

I'll certainly be listening in.


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ARTICLE FROM THE TIMES ONLINE
(http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article4105629.ece):

From The Times
June 14, 2008

Radio 4 celebrates the life of Humphrey Lyttelton

Alan Franks
National monuments like Humphrey Lyttelton tend to have characteristics willed on to them by an admiring public. Many of these, for example his commitment to silliness, are accurate; others, such as the notion that he was endlessly freewheeling and gregarious, less so. Philip Larkin, the poet and jazz lover, surely got it right when he wrote of the veteran trumpeter and radio host: "One mustn't be misled by the amiable, bumbling persona...
He is a toughly intelligent man moving confidently in any kind of surroundings from Windsor Castle to Birdland."

That spectrum takes in the Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford, Kent, which is where I met him on a filthy Friday evening a year before his death. He was 85, and by then diminished to a mere 6ft - four inches less than the height of his prime. He was still an imposing, elegant figure. He had just driven down from his home in the far north of London, and was bearing the essentials of his trade; in one hand a trumpet case with a thoroughly lived-in look; in the other the lightweight suit still wrapped in the Mill Hill dry-cleaners' polythene.

In the sense that he was purposeful, punctual, eyeing the terrain for signs of his band members, he corroborated Larkin's reading. At the same time there was something mildly hunted about him. This may well have been because of the sheer freight of association with chaos that 34 years in the chair of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue would place on anyone's shoulders. While talking to him, and to people who knew him, I became convinced that his distinctive thing - his chop, as musicians say - was to border-cross; to be in places that you might not expect to find him, and then to give the probably accurate impression that he felt thoroughly at home.

It started with his birth, in 1921, which occurred in Eton. Once he had become famous in the postwar years, some thought he was having them on when he answered straight questions about his origins with straight answers. It was not just Eton the place, but Eton the school. His father was no less than the Hon George Lyttelton, who was a teacher there. So Humphrey was in effect born at Eton, duly went there as a pupil and might even have considered following in his father's professional footsteps if he had been more academically inclined and less crazy about music. One woman who knew him as a very young man on family holidays in Suffolk recalls a delightful, rather distrait character who couldn't be bothered with socks. In a classic and symbolic piece of bunking off, the teenage Humphrey walked off from an Eton v Harrow cricket match at Lords and went to Charing Cross Road to buy himself a trumpet.

Then there was the war, or rather the effects of it - the erosion of class barriers and the easing of a "downward" passage into what was considered bohemia. But again, if you look at something that had happened to him before he joined the Army (he served in North Africa and Italy) - it explains much of his deliberate journey away from privilege. "One of my father's brothers was the director of a steel firm in South Wales," he said. "My cousin and I went down there to work. It was most uncomfortable because the workers there thought we were management spies. Eventually a foreman called Fred befriended us and got us to meet the rest of the workforce. He asked the MD if we could work in the smelting shop, which meant throwing all kinds of stones, dolomite, manganese into the furnace. It was the lowest form really.
He took us to the working men's clubs and I started playing the trumpet there."

It might not have been quite such a public renunciation of class birthright as that of the public school-educated former 2nd Viscount Stansgate Tony Benn, but a socialist he was. When, at the Mick Jagger Centre, I asked him if it was true that he had turned down a knighthood from John Major, he effectively snubbed the question by doing an impression of a senior moment.
It was, in a different sense, pure class. Even his chairmanship of Clue could be seen as a subversion of authority, even if that authority was notionally his own.

Although he never tried to disguise his roots, he never flouted them. Far from the Old Etonian tradition of sticking close with your fellow alumni, visible still through David Cameron, Lyttelton was wary rather than proud if a bunch of them turned up at his gigs.

For someone who was for so long in the public eye, and who had chosen the most extroverted of instruments, the intensity of his privacy may have looked odd; it was of course, as Larkin implied, a necessary part of keeping the show on the road. Most musicians who worked with him had nothing but respect and affection, but even they were alarmed to discover that none of them had his phone number, and that if by some error it ever leaked, he would have it changed immediately. To my surprise he did talk of the pain of losing his wife Jill the previous year after a long struggle with the degenerative brain disease progressive supranuclear palsy. "Oh, it was a horrible thing," he said, shaking his head. "Eight or nine years. All the things she loved doing, they shut down one by one."

But then, like a bandleader striking into a brighter number: "No good agonising. I don't agonise over many things. I mean, I could agonise over my father's treatment of me in the Easter holidays. We can all allow these things to hang on and take over our lives."

It was not until he died that I realised the biggest boundary he crossed in his life was the one between the past and the present - for want of a subtler definition, the pre- and the post-Diana Britains. This was both a stoical gentleman from the war generation and an artist who enacted such New Age-friendly ideals as living in the moment, acknowledging the healing power of music and becoming the person he was meant to be.

His funeral in London on May 6 was a private affair. Family and friends only. On the order of service were these words, written many years before, by Lyttelton: "As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness.
It preserves the soul from desiccation." He knew as well as any educated Englishman the link between that deceptive word "silly" and its Germanic origin selig, meaning blessed.

After my article appeared I got a letter with a Suffolk postmark. It was from the woman who recalled his youthful charm - Patricia, his first wife and mother of their daughter, Henrietta, who is now a grandmother herself.
Humphrey had left when the girl was 2, and there were periods when there was not much contact. Patricia tells of an occasion when she and Henrietta surprised him in the interval of a concert at Aldeburgh by joining the queue for signed CDs. Henrietta says she developed a very warm relationship with him, and with her two brothers and sister. "He was a wonderful father to have," she says. "Very interested, and always tremendous company." Whatever happened all those years earlier, both women seem to have enacted his principle of no agonising.

Lyttelton also rang me to leave a message, saying thanks for the chat. I rang back but got caller withheld ... naturally. In such a long playing life, it was one of the few numbers of which there was no record.

Radio 4 on Sunday: Desert Island Discs, 11.15am; Chairman Humph - a Tribute, noon; The King of the Swingers - Lyttelton profiles Louis Prima, 1.30pm


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Barry Cryer article from The Times - "How will we ever get over the Humph?"
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British ComedyThe following "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" related article appears in today's edition of The Times Online:

From The Times
June 9, 2008

How will we ever get over the Humph?

Humphrey Lyttelton was loved by millions but known only by a few, yet it's hard to know who could take his place

Barry Cryer

I knew Humph for 53 years. I worked with him on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue for 36 years. But the first time I saw his house was on the day of his funeral. None of us had been there, because he was an obsessively private man. He never told anyone his phone number. If his number was ever leaked, he changed it. If you wanted to get in touch, you rang his manager, Sue, who rang Humph, who rang you. That was fine. That was just Humph.

His house, it turned out, was totally Humph. It had no windows on the outside. All the windows faced inwards into some sort of courtyard.After Jill, his wife, died in 2006, he started talking a bit more about how he felt about things. But he kept a strict divide between his personal and his professional life. We all respected that.

He died on April 25, after an operation on an aortic aneurysm. After his death, it was a bit like when Eric Morecambe or Willie Rushton died. People felt they knew them. Certain people impinge on the general consciousness like that, they make an impact on people.

He was 50 when he first did Clue. He'd already had a life, was already a jazz star. And he relished it. He talked a lot about how he admired Kenneth Horne. You can see the lineage - the urbane chairman among the idiots, the squire and the incompetent gardener. But Humph brought the grumpiness, then built up the air of irritation and boredom over the years.

He never swore - too much style for that. Well, hardly ever. The last show we ever did with him was on our live tour, in Harrogate, just a few weeks ago. We were all at the same hotel. At breakfast he had prunes. He took one bite, looked up from his bowl and said: “How can you f*** up a prune?”

There's nobody like him. You can't say someone is a sort-of Humphrey Lyttelton. It's his era. The patrician courteousness. He broke the mould: Old Etonian, the Guards, then jazz. Labour Party all his adult life.

I never saw him lose his temper. A lot of band leaders are respected but not really liked. He wasn't liked by his musicians, he was loved. And he loved the contrast between Clue, where everything was prepared for him, and organising the band.

A lot the obituaries quoted his lines - Humph used to call them “blue-chip filth” - as if they were written by him. In fact they were written by Iain Pattinson. But nobody else could have got away with delivering those doubles entendres. He created this air of “Well, I've been given this to do”. He made it look effortless, which of course it wasn't.

He was good at everything he did, really. Ornithology. Cartooning. Calligraphy. It sounds as if I'm talking about a saint. Well, he was a three-dimensional man. But if I'm asked to list his faults, I fail to find any.

I'm going to miss the recordings, of course. As to whether the show continues without him, it's all up in the air. There is a strong school of thought that says we should stop now. Then again, Humph once said, ‘If I went under a bus, there should be no misplaced loyalty'.

Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and I had to talk about this now and then. It was always painful. We could smugly suggest that we'll continue as a tribute to him. More selfishly, we'd continue because we adore doing it. Maybe it could be like Have I Got News For You, with guest hosts. We'll see. But Humph was the hub. It will never be the same again, I know that much.

Humphrey Lyttelton Day is on Radio 4 on Sunday from 11.15am.

As told to Dominic Maxwell



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info about Radio 4's ISIHAC repeats & Humph tributes (plus other upcoming shows)
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British ComedySix classic episodes of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" will begin airing on BBC Radio 4 on Mondays starting 16 June.  The first repeat will be a 1993 episode featuring Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Willie Rushton, with Humphrey Lyttelton in the chair and Colin Sell on piano.

The day before, Radio 4 will air several tributes to Humphrey Lyttelton.

For details about these and other upcoming shows of interest to Goodies fans use the "click here for more" link below.

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the latest "upcoming shows" list
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British ComedyPlease use the "click here for more" link below to see a list of upcoming radio & TV shows of interest to Goodies fans.

Posted by lisa at 30/05/2008 00:00 GMT
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"Lyttelton's Britain" (ISIHAC tie-in book) to be published in October
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British ComedyThanks to wackywales for spotting this.

A book entitled "Lyttelton's Britain: Humphrey Lyttelton's Gazetter of the British Isles" is scheduled to be published in the UK on 2 Oct 2008.  Here's a description, from Amazon.co.uk:

For 35 years Humphrey Lyttelton and the team of Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden have toured this great country in search of the perfect audience. In the next 30 or 40 years, they hope to brush with at least one. At every venue a short history is presented both to the audience and their delightful scorer Samantha (who it seems is always happy to rub along with the local gentlemen). This is a collection, a Baedeker, an AA guide if you will, of things little-known about our great island, seen through their eyes, travelling from the celebrated Judi Dench Cottage in the Lakes to the 'Venice of the South' also known as Camden's Hawley Arms. 'Britain, Britain, Britain,' as was once said by lesser mortals. Well, now here it is...

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now on Listen Again - "Courtney Pine Celebrates Humph at 80 - A Tribute"
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British ComedyOn Monday BBC Radio 2 aired "Courtney Pine Celebrates Humph at 80 - A Tribute".  The show can be heard from Listen Again until next Monday from http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/radio2/aod.shtml?radio2/r2_humphtribute

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new shows with Tim - "Torn Up Tales" & "What the Dickens"
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British ComedyThanks to wackywales for posting info about these shows in the forums.

* "Torn Up Tales"
Surreal comic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with lip-synching punks and an 18th-century narrator. Starring Emma Fryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Tony Way, Emma Kearney, Faye McKeever and Zoe Iqbal.

Monday 2nd June at 23:00 on BBC 3
repeated, Tuesday 3rd June at 01:45 on BBC3


* "What the Dickens?"
A new panel game on which Tim is one of the team captains.  Starts this Wednesday, 28 May, at 9pm on SkyArts.  Details at
http://www.skyarts.co.uk/SkyArts/Books/Article.aspx?artid=5556

An article about "What the Dickens" can be found on the The Telegraph's website at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/05/27/nosplit/bvtvtoksvig27.xml

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Bill on "Star Portraits", Goodies repeats, and other upcoming shows
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British ComedyA full list of upcoming shows of interest to Goodies fans can be found by using the "click here for more" link below.  Here are a few of the highlights from that list:

* Sun, 18 May - "The Goodies" episode "The Baddies" is being repeated by The Comedy Channel in Australia at 10:00pm.

* Mon, May 19 - episodes of "The Goodies" (probably from the LWT
series) will be repeated on Paramount Comedy 2 in the UK at 21.00 & 21.30.
They will be shown again at 24.00.  Paramount Comedy 2+1 will show the episodes an hour later than the main channel.  (Thanks to Jenny_Gibbon for posting the info in the forums and Michael C. for posting additional details to goodies-l)

* Tues, 20 May - "Star Portraits with Rolf Harris" on the ABC (Australia) at 8:00pm is supposed to be the episode featuring Bill Oddie (details at http://www.abc.net.au/tv/guide/netw/200805/programs/ZY8744A003D20052008T200000.htm).  Thanks to mynameishelga, RatDog, and Daniel B.for posting the details in the forums & on goodies-l


* Mondays - "The Unbelievable Truth" returns for a second series on BBC Radio 4 at 18:30.  The show will be available online at
[url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/radio4/aod.shtml?radio4/unbelievabletruth]www.bbc.co.uk/radio4[/url[ and for a week after broadcast from Listen Again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/radio4/aod.shtml?radio4/unbelievabletruth.


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BBC 7 competition to win signed ISIRTA box set (open to UK residents only)
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British ComedyThe new issue of BBC 7's newsletter
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/newsletter/newsletter_thisweek.shtml) says "After the recording [of Graeme's "I Did It My Way", the producer] asked him if he would autograph some sleeves of CD boxed sets of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" and he was more than willing to oblige. As a result, we have 3 boxed sets of 8 CDs of I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, consisting of 15 programmes from the groundbreaking series, including the first programme ever, plus the 25th anniversary edition. All beautifully packaged, and signed by Graeme Garden."

The competition info, from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/newsletter/newsletter_thisweek.shtml#13:


To enter the competition, all you have to do is answer the following question Q "On what date was the first programme in the first series of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" broadcast, and what were the names of the entire cast?"

Email your answers to "Graeme Garden Competition" at bbc7@bbc.co.uk

Or alternatively send your entry by post to:
BBC7
Room 4015
Broadcasting House
London W1A 1AA

The competition closes at noon on Friday 30th May, when 3 names will be chosen at random from the BBC 7 Hat. Competition rules can be found by following this link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/help/rules.shtml


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ISIHAC news: new date for tribute to Humph plus merchandise updates
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British ComedyAccording to The Officially Unofficial I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Web Pages (www.isihac.co.uk), the  tribute show by the ISIHAC teams originally announced for this coming Sunday will now be part of BBC Radio 4's Humphrey Lyttelton Day on Sunday 15th June.  The show is called "Chairman Humph - a Tribute" and will start at noon.


In ISIHAC Merchandise News:

* The New Uxbridge English Dictionary's publication date was yesterday (May 6th).  Amazon.co.uk currently is reporting a 1-2 week delay before they'll have the books in stock.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-New-Uxbridge-English-Dictionary/dp/0007263937/


* "I’m Sorry I Haven't A Clue Collection 3" was released on March 3rd.  This is a boxed set of the previously released volumes 7, 8, & 9 (each of which is a 2 CD set).  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Im-Sorry-Havent-Clue-Collection/dp/0563510420/


* "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Live Vol. 2" is a 2 CD set scheduled for release on July 10th.  This release has been scheduled for a while; I forgot to mention it to the fan club when I first noticed it.  I wanted to ensure people didn't think this is a new item being rushed out due to Humph having passed away.
    This will be like ISIHAC Live Vol. 1, as explained in the official blurb (from  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sorry-Havent-Clue-Live-Collection/dp/140568836X/): "This is a second volume of two specially compiled, extended-length shows from Jon Naismith's production archive, featuring out-takes, ad libs and audience interaction from the Clue team. Taken from the early 1990s, these shows (edition dates t.b.c.) feature the classic Clue line up of Humphrey Lyttelton, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and the much-missed Willie Rushton. It may contain swearing."


* Amazon.co.uk has updated their description for the book, "The Doings of Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea?", which is scheduled to be published on August 28th.  The listing (at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doings-Hamish-Dougal-Youll-Have/dp/1848090234/) now includes an image of the book's cover and this description:

    "Hello there! You'll have had your tea? Dougal here. Well, here we go, with our wee book. It's a collection or pot pourri (I've no idea what Hamish means by that - it sounds like something to do with the Pope) of our activities or 'doings' in the village we call home, because that's exactly what it is. Together with our housekeeper, Mrs Naughtie, and of course, the Laird who lives up at the big hoose and shoots grouse and other bottles of whisky, these are the actual scripts of our wee show which we performed on the wireless, when most of you were probably in bed! Hamish and I have known each other all our lives - well, not yet, obviously! We have a very close relationship and also with each other. Mrs Naughtie been with us since we first met her at the Krankie Arms, where she was working as part-time barmaid and bouncer.In addition to the scripts you'll find all kinds of other things tucked away under its kilt. There's a hectic social life in the village. You'll visit the 'bide a wee' cafe, proud possessor of three Michelin tyres. You'll have a conducted tour of the big hoose by Big Tam, our local guide (not during opening hours).
You'll marvel at the site of the Battle of Auchtermuchty, now allotments. You'll peek into the Laird's social diary in 'oot and aboot' (40p at the post office). And a great deal more. Well, I hope this wee note will make you hurry to the till and spend the terrible amount of money these wee books cost these days. But then again this particular wee book is Scotland's answer to Richard and Judy! Hurrah! Away now."




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BBC Radio 3 tribute to Humphrey Lyttelton this Saturday
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British ComedyThe BBC Radio 3 show "Jazz Line-Up" will include a tribute to Humph on this Saturday's (May 3rd) show, which airs from 16:00 - 17:30.  It can be heard online from the station's website and should be available after broadcast from http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazzlineup/

Here's the listing: "Claire Martin is joined by Alyn Shipton and Jack Massarick to pay tribute to Humphrey Lyttelton who died last week. We hear Humph talk about his heroes and his first encounter with the trumpet. Plus an exclusive session for the programme by the Teak Project."


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Listen Again link for "Humphrey Lyttelton: A Celebration"
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British ComedyThe Listen Again link for "Humphrey Lyttelton: A Celebration", which aired
on BBC Radio 4 this morning (April 30th), is
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/radio4/aod.shtml?radio4/humphreylyttelton_acelebration.  It should be available for a week.

The show is scheduled to be repeated on Radio 4 this evening at 9:30pm BST - it can be heard online during the broadcast at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/

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Radio 4 to honour Humphrey Lyttelton with a tribute day on June 15th
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British ComedyAt the end of Radio 4's April 30th tribute to Humphrey Lyttelton, it was announced that the ISIHAC teams will be paying their own tribute to Humph on Sunday, May 11th.  The exact time is yet to be announced.

In addition, Radio 4 will honor Humph with a tribute day on Sunday, June 15th. The following news stories come from The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/apr/30/bbc.radio1?gusrc=rss&feed=media) and Chortle (http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2008/04/30/6713/humphrey_lyttelton_day)


FROM THE GUARDIAN:

Radio 4 to honour Lyttelton with tribute day

Ben Dowell
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday April 30 2008

Radio 4 is to broadcast a Humphrey Lyttelton day in June to pay tribute to the presenter, who died on Friday aged 86.

The Radio 4 controller, Mark Damazer, has given the nod to a tribute programme to be broadcast on Sunday June 15 to mark the achievements of the veteran presenter of comedy panel show I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue.

This will be backed by a repeat of his Desert Island Discs episode and a repeat of his programme about jazz, The King of the Swingers.

In addition, his friend and fan Stephen Fry will present a specially commissioned profile of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue with extracts of the best programmes.

A Radio 4 spokeswoman confirmed the plans but declined to comment on the future of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, of which Lyttelton was chairman since its inception in 1972.

According to a Radio 4 source, however, the show is likely to continue. The source added that replacement presenter may be sought for Lyttelton but that this is unlikely to be filled by one of the current panel, which includes Graeme Garden and Barry Cryer.

Lyttelton, who celebrated 60 years as a bandleader in January, was admitted to hospital on April 16. He underwent surgery on Monday morning to repair an aortic aneurysm, but died following complications.

After his admission to Barnet general hospital in north London, the spring series of his show was cancelled, prompting a wave of goodwill messages from Radio 4 listeners.

As well as his jazz playing Lyttelton also had stints as a cartoonist, a restaurant critic for Vogue and a regular columnist on Punch.

But he became a household name for his broadcasting, most notably his deadpan performances as the innuendo-prone chairman of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, where he genially presided over games such as Mornington Crescent.



FROM CHORTLE:

Humphrey Lyttelton Day
R4 to broadcast tribute shows

Radio 4 is to dedicate a day of programming to Humphrey Lyttelton.
Shows will include a new tribute documentary, as well as repeats of both his Desert Island Discs episode and his programme about jazz, The King of the Swingers.

In addition, Stephen Fry will present a newly commissioned profile of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, with extracts of the best programmes.

The tributes will go out on June 15.

Meanwhile, speculation is rising about whether the 'antidote to panel games'
will continue following Lyttelton's death on Friday at the age of 86.

Although Humph's lugubrious presence and dry wit defined the show he hosted since 1972, insiders suggest the show is likely to find a new host.

Panellist Graeme Garden told the BBC's in-house paper Ariel: 'On a personal note, I do want the show to go on and the fans do, too. It can never be the same, bit I'd like to think it still had legs.'

But he said it would be a mistake to 'try to find a copy of Humph'.

Barry Cryer added: 'A few years ago, he jokingly said that if he went under a bus, there should be no misplaced loyalty and the show should go on.'

Rob Brydon stood in for Lyttelton on the last live date of the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue tour.



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the latest "upcoming radio & tv shows of interest" list
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British ComedyPlease use the "click here for more" link below to see a list of upcoming tv & radio shows of interest to Goodies fans.

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BBC Radio 4 tributes to Humphrey Lyttelton
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British ComedyThe classic episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" which was repeated yesterday on BBC Radio 4 can be heard from Listen Again at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/radio4/aod.shtml?radio4/cluespecial  This is a 1995 episode from the Theatre Royal in Brighton with regulars Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Willie Rushton and Tim-Brooke.

Thanks to Sosia for reporting in the club forums that BBC Radio 4's tribute to Humphrey Lyttelton will air this coming Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. 

Also thanks to club member bushbaby for posting the following in the forums: "There's a special bit on Last Word on Radio 4- they added an extra bit on to today's repeat for Humph".

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ISIHAC kazoo band might make it into Guinness World Records
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British ComedyAccording to an article in today's Times Online, a record setting kazoo band lead by Humphrey Lyttelton at the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue date in London earlier this month might make it into the Guiness Book of World Records.

Humphrey Lyttelton delivers swansong with giant kazoo band
Maurice Chittenden

Humphrey Lyttelton, the jazz trumpeter who became doyen of the double entendre as chairman of the quiz show I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, is to make a bid from beyond the grave to enter the record books as leader of the world’s biggest kazoo band.

Lyttelton, who died on Friday aged 86 after heart surgery, equipped every member of the 3,550-strong audience with a kazoo at a live version of the radio programme earlier this month at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and encouraged them to hum into the simple instrument.

The feat has been logged with Guinness World Records, which is likely to confirm the breaking of the previous official record set by 2,679 people in Rochester, New York, in 2006.

It will be a typical last achievement by a man who defied all logic to succeed in almost every career he put his hand to.

When once asked by an interviewer what was the secret of his success, Lyttelton leant back and said, only half-jokingly: “I’m sorry, I haven’t a clue.”

His radio programme, in which Lyttelton would make outrageous remarks about the erotic exploits of Samantha, the quiz’s fictitious scorer, was described yesterday by Mark Damazer, controller of Radio 4, as the “most successful” comedy show ever heard on the station.

It has run for 36 years and the BBC must now decide whether to relaunch it with a new chairman. The panel of Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden yesterday ruled themselves out of daring to sit in Lyttelton’s chair.

Frontrunners for the role will include Rob Brydon, who hosted a live show in Bournemouth last week after Lyttelton had gone into hospital for an operation to repair a blocked artery; Jeremy Hardy, who frequently guested on the show to sing the words of one song set to the tune of another; and Paul Merton, who appears on television’s Have I Got News for You and Radio 4’s Just a Minute, the Clue’s closest rival in both longevity – it started in 1967 – and success.

Cryer said yesterday: “They are big shoes to fill. Humph was the very hub of the show and it revolved around him. Leading the kazoo band was typical of him.

“Long-running shows become like soaps with clearly defined characters and I don’t think it would work if a panellist became chairman. It would need somebody of stature to be parachuted in.

“Humph was the coolest man I knew. He was a polymath and an amazing man. He was a great ad-libber. A few years ago he suddenly stopped from reading some nonsense in the middle of a show and looked at the audience and said: ‘I’m 78 for chris-sake’. He got a huge laugh for that.”

Lyttelton did the last gig with his jazz band the night before he went into hospital. He even recorded a special message to introduce last Tuesday’s quiz show in Bournemouth: “Humphrey Lyttelton here. I can’t do the show tonight. I am in hospital. I wish I had thought of this earlier.”

Lyttelton was born in May, 1921, the son of an Eton house-master. He claimed he was descended from another Humphrey Lyttelton who was executed for collaborating in the gunpowder plot with Guy Fawkes.

His musical career started when at the age of 15 he slipped away from an Eton-Harrow cricket match at Lord’s to buy a trumpet.

When, as an acting captain in the Grenadier Guards, he stormed ashore during the allied invasion of Italy in 1943, he held a pistol in one hand and a bag containing his trumpet in the other.

Returning from the war, he became a successful cartoonist at the Daily Mail and a writer of books about music.

He was such an accomplished player of traditional New Orleans jazz that when he wrote his first autobiography at the age of 33 he called it I Play as I Please.

Two years later in 1956 he became the first British jazz musician to have a Top 20 hit single when Bad Penny Blues reached number 19 in the charts. Louis Armstrong, who was a friend, said he was Britain’s best trumpeter: “That cat in England who swings his ass off”.

Chris Barber, who was topping the bill at a jazz festival in Germany with his big band yesterday, said: “Unlike some people who talk about jazz eloquently, he played it right and with a great sense of dignity. He will be very much missed but much honoured in memory.”

Lyttelton had almost completed a new album and a new book before he died.

Kenneth Clarke, the former chancellor and an avid jazz fan, said yesterday: “He was a delightful, congenial and civilised man. He did a lot for British jazz. He wasn’t just trad. He was very much more sophisticated than that. He could swing. I always enjoyed listening to his band.”


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vintage ISIHAC repeat on BBC Radio 4 Sunday, April 27th
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British ComedyAs a tribute to Humph, BBC Radio 4 will be repeating a vintage episode of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" on Sunday, April 27th at noon.  The episode is from the Theatre Royal in Brighton, with Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Willie Rushton and Tim-Brooke Taylor.  It can be heard online from www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

I've read that a tribute show is possibly being planned from this coming Wednesday, but don't know any details yet.  Please pass along any information you may spot.

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Humphrey Lyttelton 1921 - 2008
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British ComedyWe are extremely sad to report that Humphrey Lyttelton passed away earlier today.  The following message appears on his official website, http://www.humphreylyttelton.com/:

Humphrey Lyttelton 1921 - 2008

Humph died peacefully with his family and friends around him on April 25th at 7.00pm following surgery.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and express our deep gratitude to the staff of Barnet General for the care that they gave Humph.

If you would like to leave a message or tribute on this site please click on Remember Humph


There will undoubtedly be many tributes to Humph in the coming days.  One article, quoting fellow "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" cast mate Graeme Garden, can be found on The Telegraph's website  Please visit the Main Forum, where we'll be posting links to other articles & tributes.

Posted by lisa at 25/04/2008 01:00 GMT
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Humph update
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British ComedyThe following is from Humph's official website (http://www.humphreylyttelton.com/)

Humph was admitted to Barnet Hospital on Wednesday 16th April and has undergone major surgery. He is currently in a stable condition.

We would like to thank everyone for their Get-Well Messages which kept him in sparkling form up until the op.

To send Humph a Get Well Message please click on http://www.humphreylyttelton.com/contact


Posted by lisa at 23/04/2008 00:00 GMT
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailout 18.4.08
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British ComedyThe following message is from the official I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue mailing list:


Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member,

I was expecting to announce the venues and dates of recordings in the Spring series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue", but unfortunately I've had to put these plans on hold as Humphrey Lyttelton has been detained in hospital for an operation to repair an aortic aneurysm.

We are unclear precisely how long Humph's recovery period will be, but it seems very likely that the Spring Series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" will have to be postponed.

Humph is otherwise fine and in very good spirits.  However, if you wish to write him a get well message, send him an email to this address with the subject 'Get Well Humph' and I'll print it off for him.  I imagine it'll be nice for him to have something to read in his hospital bed.

There's no need to worry if you have tickets for our "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" Tour Show at the Bournemouth Pavilion this Tuesday (22nd April).  I'm delighted to say that ISIHAC favourite Rob Brydon has kindly agreed to deputise for Humph.

With best wishes,

Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue


Posted by lisa at 18/04/2008 21:00 GMT
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email address for Humphrey Lyttelton get well messages
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British ComedyI've been told that get well wishes for Humphrey Lyttelton can be sent to isihac@btinternet.com; they will be forwarded on to him from there.  Please use the subject line "Get Well Humph"

As mentioned yesterday, Humph is currently in the hospital for an operation to repair an aortic aneurysm. He is doing well, but has had to cancel various appearances for the next few months (including next week's ISIHAC show in Bournemouth and various jazz concerts).

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Humph's official website (http://www.humphreylyttelton.com/) now has the following message on its home page:

Welcome to Humphs website.

Humph is currently awaiting an operation on an aortic aneurysm and will be out of action for a little while. He is in good spirits and is enjoying the visits of family and friends.

To send Humph a message please click on Contact Humph

Almost all the Band dates are cancelled until further notice with the exception of the Bulls Head which will go ahead. I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue "Live tour 2008" will continue and a stand in will be announced shortly.

Updates of of Humphs progress will be found on this page from time to time. Meanwhile, we will be adding downloads to the site and some great new photos, amongst other things. And for those of you who are missing HL's " The Best of Jazz" radio show, watch this space!

"As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from desiccation."

Chairman Humph in introspective mode


Posted by lisa at 18/04/2008 01:00 GMT
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Humph unable to appear at Bournemouth ISIHAC show
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British ComedyDue to health reasons, Humphrey Lyttelton will be unable to appear at the final date in the current I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Official Stage Tour.
Here is information from the  Pavilion Theatre's website (at
http://www.bic.co.uk/events/Event_Details.asp?event=4301):

We regret that the performance of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" at the Bournemouth Pavilion this Tuesday (22nd April) will be taking place without the show's regular chairman Humphrey Lyttelton.

Regrettably, Humphrey Lyttelton has been detained in hospital for an operation to repair an aortic aneurysm. However, he is well and in good spirits. 

We are delighted to confirm that another 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue'
favourite Rob Brydon, has kindly agreed to deputise at very short notice!

BBC Radio's multi award-winning antidote to panel games starts its first live tour in 35 years. Join Humphrey Lyttelton, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and pianist Colin Sell for an unmissable evening of inspired nonsense. 

"Whether the teams are singing the words of one song to the tune of another, making up serial rhymes or entering the mythic maze of Mornington Crescent, they have now become the National Theatre of fun" 


Posted by lisa at 17/04/2008 00:00 GMT
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2nd series of "The Right Time" coming to BBC 7
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British ComedyThe second series of "The Right Time" will be making its premiere on BBC 7 (it was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002).  Graeme is among the performers in the series.  The show will air Sundays at 10.30pm and 3.30am on BBC 7, which can be heard online from www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7; each episode is available for a week after broadcast from Listen Again.

Posted by lisa at 11/04/2008 00:00 GMT
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Four Yorkshiremen in 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches list
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British ComedyNerve.com's list of The 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time
(http://www.nerve.com/dispatches/nerveeditors/50GreatestComedySketches/01/) lists At Last the 1948 Show's "Four Yorkshiremen" sketch at number 32 (a link to the clip on YouTube is included).

Posted by lisa at 11/04/2008 00:00 GMT
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repeat of Marty Feldman special (plus other upcoming shows)
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British ComedyThe "Legends" profile of Marty Feldman, which includes an interview with Tim Brooke-Taylor, is being repeated on BBC 4 in the early morning of Mon, 7 April.  For details, and to see info about other upcoming shows of interest to Goodies fans, use the "click here for more" link below.

Posted by lisa at 05/04/2008 00:00 GMT
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BBC 7 repeats Graeme's "Yes Minister" appearance
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British ComedyGraeme's appearance in the radio version of "Yes Minister" (in the episode "The Death List") was repeated by BBC 7 yesterday.  It will be available from Listen Again until next Thursday from:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/bbc7/aod.shtml?bbc7/yesminister#


Posted by lisa at 04/04/2008 00:00 GMT
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article: "5 Things you might not know about ISIHAC"
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British ComedyThe following article (which has a photo of the ISIHAC cast) appeared in The List:

5 Things you might not know about - I'm Sorry I Haven't Got A Clue
Source: The List (Issue 599)
Date: 27 March 2008
Written by: Brian Donaldson

1. Humphrey Lyttelton had a top 20 hit in the 1950s with ‘Bad Penny Blues’ and played on Radiohead’s ‘Life in a Glasshouse’. The Humph appeared on Desert Island Discs in 2006.

2. Tim Brooke-Taylor’s grandfather was a parson who played centre-forward for England in the 1890s. TB-T was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1981.

3. Big in Finland, Barry Cryer hit the top spot on their charts in 1958 with a version of ‘Purple People Eater’. Baz presented the early 1970s comedy game show Joker’s Wild in which panellists had to tell a joke based on topics picked at random.

4. Aberdeen-born Graeme Garden’s son John is keyboard player with the Scissor Sisters. GG was president of Cambridge Footlights in 1963, a role taken in 1962 by Tim Brooke-Taylor and in 1964 by Eric Idle.

5. Jeremy Hardy was booed by the Just a Minute audience in 2000 when reacting to the word ‘parasites’ with a skit about the Royal Family. Jezza hasn’t been invited back since.

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Sun 30 Mar.


Posted by lisa at 26/03/2008 00:00 GMT
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Marty Feldman special (plus other upcoming shows)
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British ComedyTo see a list of upcoming shows of interest to Goodies fans use the "click here for more" link below.

Posted by lisa at 23/03/2008 00:00 GMT
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reminder: Frost Report special (with Tim) to air next Monday
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British ComedyThe Frost Report special that was filmed last year (and should include a contribution from Tim) is scheduled to air next Monday on BBC 4.  Here is a listing:


The Frost Report is Back!

Monday 24th March on BBC 4
from 21:00 to 23:00

"A celebration of the satirical comedy sketch series The Frost Report, which won the prestigious Golden Rose of Montreux in the 1960s. Hosted by Sir David Frost, it was highly influential and proved to be the launch pad for the likes of Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman and Sheila Steafel. Featuring rare archive skits, interviews with many of the old team and a complete showing of the award-winning show Frost Over England."


Posted by lisa at 17/03/2008 00:00 GMT
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ISIHAC news: series 51 start date / stage tour almost sold out
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British ComedyThe following information was sent to the "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" mailing list:

Dear I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Mailing List Member

The next series of ISIHAC is scheduled for broadcast on Radio 4 from Monday 16th June 2008 (1830 on BBC Radio 4) and we expect to be able to notify you of the three recording dates by the end of this month.

Meantime, the current I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Tour is all but sold out - we've just tickets to one date at the Hammersmith Apollo, which will be properly advertised from Tuesday next week.  Please find details of the Hammersmith date below:

Thursday 3rd April - Hammersmith Apollo, London Show starts 7.30pm (finishes @ 10-10.15pm) Tickets £24.50. £21.50 and £18.50 Box office number is 08448 44 47 48 Box office is only open on shows days from 4pm Websites are:
www.hammersmithapollo.net
www.ticketmaster.co.uk

With best wishes

Jon Naismith
Producer, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue


Posted by lisa at 15/03/2008 00:00 GMT
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repeats of "The Right Time" with Graeme / John Garden co-writes Broadway musical
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British Comedy* BBC 7 is again repeating the first series of "The Right Time" on Sundays;  Graeme appeared in some episodes of this sketch comedy series which originally aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.  The first episode aired this past Sunday (March 9th) but is still available from Listen Again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/networks/bbc7/aod.shtml?bbc7/right_time

BBC 7 can be heard worldwide via the interview from www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7. Each episode will be available from Listen Again for a week after broadcast.


* In other Garden family news, BBC News announced that Graeme's son John will be co-writing the songs for a musical version of "Tales of the City" (Armistead Maupin's chronicle of life in 1970s San Francisco) along with Scissor Sisters band mate Jake Shears. 

Posted by lisa at 14/03/2008 00:00 GMT
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"A Record or an OBE" playing at Adelaide Fringe through Sunday
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British ComedyJust a reminder that the black comedy "A Record or an OBE", which is about a fictional version of Tim Brooke-Taylor & Graeme Garden, is playing at the 2008 Adelaide Fringe Festival through this Sunday, March 16th.  It's been getting excellent review from the GROK members who have seen it.

Details about the play and booking info can be found at http://shaolinpunk.net/a-record-or-an-obe

Posted by lisa at 13/03/2008 00:00 GMT
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"At Last the 1948 Show" with Tim to be available on iTunes
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British ComedyThe episodes of "At Last the 1948 Show" and "Do Not Adjust Your Set" previously released on DVD are to be available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) beginning March 12, 2008. 

Tim Brooke-Taylor starred in "At Last the 1948 Show" along with John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman, and Aimi Macdonald (Bill Oddie also turns up in one sketch).  While Tim wasn't a regular on "Do Not Adjust Your Set", he was a guest star in one of the episodes released on DVD.

According to the press release (at http://www.prxreleases.com/wire/index.php/2008/03/12/at-last-the-1948-show-and-do-not-adjust-your-set-now-available-on-itunes/), all five episodes of "At Last the 1948 Show" are available for $9.95 while all nine episodes of "Do Not Adjust Your Set" are available for $12.99.  Individual shows will cost $1.99 if bought separately.

Note that the DVDs include an interview with Tim as a bonus feature; I don't know yet if that will be available on iTunes.  Details about the DVD releases can be found at http://www.thegoodies.info/videos_goodies_related.html

Posted by lisa at 12/03/2008 23:00 GMT
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Independent article about Humphrey Lyttelton
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British ComedyThe Independent has a nice article about Humph (having to do with his retiring from his BBC Radio 2 show "The Best of Jazz") at http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/all-that-jazz-end
-of-the-line-for-lyttelton-794468.html


Use the "click here for more" link below to see a cut & paste of the article's text.

Humph fans may be interested to note that he now has his own official website at http://www.humphreylyttelton.com/

Posted by lisa at 11/03/2008 23:00 GMT
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repeat run of "Bill Oddie's Wild Side" (plus other upcoming shows)
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British ComedyAmong the new info in the upcoming shows list this week: while the final two episodes of "Bill Oddie's Wild Side" air this week and next on BBC 2 Wednesday nights, it appears BBC 1 is starting a repeat run of the series early Friday mornings.

Use the "click here for more" link below to see the full list

Posted by lisa at 10/03/2008 23:00 GMT
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tickets for "The Unbelievable Truth" recordings in London
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British ComedyThanks to Sosia for posting this news in the club's forums.

"The Unbelievable Truth is back for a second series! 

Tickets are available from http://tickets.external.bbc.co.uk/cgi-bin/tickets.cfg/php/enduser/tickets_list.php?m_id=231"

Hopefully Graeme will be involved in some of the episodes, as he was for the first series.

Posted by lisa at 02/03/2008 23:00 GMT
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Congratulations to the ISIHAC team
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British ComedyCongratulations to the ISIHAC team who won the Outstanding Contribution to Comedy Award at the Chortle awards last night.  A video of the event can be seen here - http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2008/02/26/6456/watch_last_nights_chortle_awards - with Tim and Barry appearing about 3/4 of the way through.

WARNING - the video contains swearing

There is also an article which says the following about the team:

"The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for the veteran team behind I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.

Barry Cryer said: ‘Thank you very much indeed on behalf of Tim, myself, the great [Humphrey] Lyttelton, Jez Hardy, everyone whose ever been on the show with us.’

And Tim Brooke-Taylor, who added that the award was ‘in memory of the Willie Rushton’ joked: ‘When we walked in today it felt like No Country For Old Men.’"

Posted by wackywales at 25/02/2008 17:42 GMT
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Manchester Evening News article about ISIHAC tour
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British ComedyThe Manchester Evening Post has a brief article about the I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue - Official Stage Tour

The tour kicks back into gear tomorrow, with a show in Cambridge.  While many of the upcoming show shows are sold out, a small number of tickets are still available for some of them.  It might also be worth checking with the theatre box offices to see if returns are available - full details about the tour (including show dates, venues, & booking info, are available from the club's FAQ

From The Manchester Evening Post:
Need a clue to this hit show?
Adam Moss
22/ 2/2008


MULTI-AWARD winning Radio 4 show, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, is leaving London for the first time in April.

The regular line-up of Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Humphrey Lyttelton and Colin Sell, with guest Jeremy Hardy will travel with the touring show, which calls at Salford.

The show has dozens of websites devoted to it with some games running for months. It comes to The Lowry on Sunday April 6.

Tickets start at £22 and are available on 0870 787 5789 or at thelowry.com.


Posted by lisa at 22/02/2008 23:00 GMT
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reminder: new series of "One" starts today (Thurs, Feb. 21) (+ other shows)
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British ComedyThe new series of "One", which is slated to include contributions from Graeme, begins today (Thurs, Feb. 21) on BBC Radio 4 at 23:00.  The show will be available from Listen Again after broadcast.

In the following list of upcoming shows (which you can see by using the "click here for more" link below) I've included "Bill Oddie's Wild Side" on Wednesdays.  However, I don't actually see it in the listings for the next two weeks.  Can someone in the UK please check the listings and see if they can find it?  I believe there should be two more episodes in the series.

Posted by lisa at 21/02/2008 00:00 GMT
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